Why 4A? Here’s why | AspenTimes.com

Why 4A? Here’s why

Dear Editor:

Why would I want to add almost half a cent from my shopping dollar into an already good bus system? To qualify for $21 million in federal grants, for starters.

I want to make RFTA better, faster and cheaper. I want RFTA even more convenient and attractive to folks with tighter time schedules. To reduce even more cars for the highway and make the environment cleaner! I want us to expand routes for the elderly. I want to be able to consider the added infrastructure and premium pricing of a compressed natural gas system for our buses.

With added scheduling, smaller vans can be considered because the midday school classes of 30 would still be serviced. I’m not fooled. I know the price of fuel historically drops right before elections and historically springs back before Christmas to continue rising. We will need the best bus system we can give ourselves.

As a plus, RFTA is an active member of the Rocky Mountain Rail Authority, joining 64 Colorado municipalities in planning for high speed rail on I-70 and I-25. I can imagine a quiet, high-speed, overhead monorail running up Colorado highways someday, and a stronger RFTA will better position us to get there too.

I’m voting YES on 4A.

John Hoffmann


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