The many virtues of RFTA
Dear Editor:Please vote yes on RFTA. A few weeks ago I had a preview of what will probably happen if this ballot issue fails. To save money, RFTA only runs its buses on the hour on weekends in the offseason rather than on the half-hour. The Saturday 4:15 p.m. bus was full and standing room only after a few more stops. I suspect that many of you voting could care less because you drive and don’t use RFTA. But even this group should vote yes, at least for the following reasons.You may not ride RFTA, but I bet your kids do, and you certainly don’t want them standing unrestrained in the aisle on an old worn-out bus going 60 mph on Highway 82.People will find another means of transportation if they can’t get on a bus because it is full or if they have to stand in the aisle for an hour or more. You guessed it. These people will get back in their cars, trucks and jalopies and cause a lot more congestion on Highway 82. Even with the new four lanes in Snowmass Canyon, it just might be a longer rush-hour commute to and from Aspen, with more traffic backed up at the wormholes at Buttermilk going in, and the S-curves coming back. And where are all these additional vehicles going to park in Aspen?Finally, any increase in your taxes will affect sales taxes and not property taxes. The people that ride RFTA will be paying their fair share.Please vote yes on RFTA.Ed SimonsonBasalt
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