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We are not Montrose

Dear Editor:A recent full page ad by a political action group compared the auto friendly city of Montrose to the environmentally conscience city of Aspen. It said that “Montrose has exactly the same number of average daily vehicle trips on their main street as Aspen, but they don’t have to put up with a mile long traffic jam.”To be clear:1. Montrose has two four-lane roads (eight total).2. Montrose just added a $4 million bypass of its downtown Main Street.3. Montrose has six different exits out of their town, where Aspen only has one exit in the winter.4. Montrose’s population is the same year-round, where Aspen’s doubles with summer and winter guest.5. Montrose doesn’t transport thousands of skiers daily to four great ski mountains.Aspen’s new City Council will deal with the entrance issue in the coming years, and decide if Aspen has reached its traffic saturation point or if the town should add more auto lanes. They will have to evaluate whether adding more general traffic lanes will meet their objective of reducing emissions and traffic congestion, whether our quality of life will be improved by allowing more polluting automobile traffic into Aspen … or if can they find better ways to deal with future traffic demands that will also address our global warming concerns.The public has made it clear that they want solutions to our everyday traffic problems! Voting yes now to add bus lanes to the new bridge will save the city $500,000 in tax dollars. It will improve the flow of traffic by removing hundreds of RFTA bus trips daily from the general traffic lanes. Adding bus lanes will improve the service RFTA offers our skiing guest and locals getting to our great mountains. And thousands of RFTA commuters can get to their jobs on time and not be caught up in traffic jams.The public will not wait years for the entrance of Aspen issue to be resolved, to make improvements to our daily commute. The flow of traffic can be improved in the near future by removing the hundreds of commuter buses and ski shuttle buses merging in and out of the general traffic lanes. Vote yes on Ballot Measure 1, for an extended bus lane, so we can move forward now, improving the flow of Highway 82 traffic.Ron KinnellEl Jebel

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