Tim’s possible solution
Dear Editor:In May, both Mick and Tim supported adding two exclusive bus lanes from Buttermilk to the Roundabout. Now they propose we vote in November for the Preferred Direct – two traffic lanes with two exclusive bus lanes direct from the Roundabout to Main Street.As long as we are restricted to two traffic lanes, we will have congestion. Peak seasonal traffic volumes exceed 30,000 vehicles each day – impossible for two lanes to handle.There is no reason to believe exclusive bus lanes will draw significantly more riders or reduce vehicle traffic. The current traffic jams have not forced people out of their vehicles. The exclusive bus lanes provide little at great expense.The only solution is to have four lanes of traffic shared by buses and vehicles. Four lanes will not bring more cars into Aspen – we are fully developed, and parking is limited. They will permit both buses and vehicles to move faster without congestion.Mick scares us with six-lane highways and many new parking garages, unless he is elected. But other than the Preferred Direct, which won’t work, he provides no solution. He will never approve four lanes, let alone six. He fears they will increase traffic volume (refuted above).Tim supports the Preferred Direct, but admits it might not work. He holds out the possibility to modify the bus-only restriction and include HOV vehicles in the bus lanes.Vote for Tim to solve traffic congestion.Kip WheelerAspen
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