Transit connections |

Transit connections

Dear Editor:Things were a-rocking at the Winter X Games at Buttermilk over the past weekend. As printed in Ryan Slabaugh’s Aspen Times column (Jan. 29), “the eyes of 677,000 channel surfers watched on TV and 55,000 folks, mostly families, walked through the security gates at Buttermilk.”The only bummer about the Skico and ESPN event was riding the buses with the other 55,000 folks. The Roaring Fork Transit Authority did a wonderful job of moving people, but people simply outnumbered buses. We know daily traffic is choking Highway 82 coming and going into Aspen and Snowmass. We remember how painful the Entrance to Aspen study was. We know something needs to be done. But what?Sheldon Fingerman asks in his Aspen Daily News column (Jan. 30): “Please say it ain’t so. Please tell me we’re not going to reopen the Environmental Impact Study (EIS) on the Entrance to Aspen again?” which echoed the same sentiment of Mayor Klanderud and Councilwoman Rachel Richards. Well, it’s true. Nothing can be done until the Federal Highway Administration receives the required formal written reevaluation of the Entrance to Aspen EIS study supported by the community. So as reported by Kimberly Nicoletti in The Aspen Times (Jan. 24), “It’s baaack … Entrance to Aspen EIS dusted off for reconsideration.” While the eyes of the world are watching Aspen/Snowmass, I think we should build on the Skico’s “Power of Four mountains” by “connecting the four mountains” with a tram/gondola system, along with widening the highway, a parking garage, bus-only lane, free park-and-ride the bus from Brush Creek to Snowmass and Aspen.On Feb. 2, Aspen’s elected officials in a public meeting will ask the Elected Officials Transportation Committee of Snowmass, Pitkin County and Aspen for the funding to start the process. Meeting starts at 4 p.m. in Aspen City Hall. Toni KronbergAspen

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