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Vote yes for RFTA

Dear Editor:We all feel the traffic impacts of living in an area with a mobile population. Citizens live, work and shop in entirely different parts of the region. There’s congestion on Highway 133 in Carbondale, on Highway 82 in Aspen, on Grand Avenue in Glenwood Springs and on I-70. We have gridlock at rush hour, crowded streets, noise, exhaust and parking hassles. RFTA transit service offers some relief, keeping thousands of cars off the roads daily. To continue these services RFTA needs your yes vote Nov. 2!Voters in Silt, New Castle and unincorporated Garfield County are being asked to join RFTA and contribute .04 percent sales tax for regional service. Voters in unincorporated Garfield County are also being asked for .02 percent for their own trail projects and other transit services like the senior traveler. A yes vote means a seat on the RFTA board for these communities, a say in transit and trail matters, and a budget oversight role to assure that no community subsidizes another. To dispel a misrepresentation in that regard, the city of Aspen, the Skico and the Music Festival all pay the fully allocated cost for extra services that they contract for with RFTA, beyond their funding of regional service, as does the city of Glenwood Springs for the “Ride Glenwood” routes. All current RFTA members are voting on increasing their funding so that the Rio Grande Trail is completed by 2010, worn-out buses are replaced, and the frequency, hours and areas of service can be sustained and grow in future years. Please vote yes for RFTA so that students, shoppers, seniors, commuters and visitors have safe, reliable transit connections between our communities day and night, rain or snow, year-round. Vote yes to maintain and improve our regional economy and quality of life.Rachel RichardsAspen

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