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Yes for the future of valley’s transit

Dear Editor:

I think most of us would agree that things are a little scary economically right now. These are the times when it is most difficult to see the big picture or to look 10 years down the road and make thoughtful decisions about the long term. These are the very times when we most need to think critically about our future. If we don’t, we may be looking at a future with less-than-adequate services and a second-class transit system.

Voting yes on RFTA 4A will help us both in the near term and the long term. Just as we support our schools knowing that our literal future is at stake, so we need to consider gearing up so that our high-quality transit will continue to be the backbone of our mobility and an important element for our quality of life.

Every jurisdiction in the Roaring Fork Valley continues to say yes to significant levels of growth. We need to remember that as long as we continue to approve development, our infrastructure will need to keep pace. Greater populations will mean that we need to pay for increased educational capacity, fire districts, roads and streets, water infrastructure, larger libraries, hospitals, police departments and transit service. Until we reach the day that growth stops, we need to be prepared to increase service levels to support that growth, including transit.

Voting yes for 4 cents on a $10 purchase will mean that by 2017, we will have high-tech boarding systems to speed fare collection, rail-style stations with real-time

bus schedule information, on board WiFi and a greatly improved service in general.

We will be at the forefront of small-town transit systems, as we have always been.

Let’s continue to be a community that is willing to pay a little to keep this a wonderful place to live. Please Vote YES on RFTA 4A!

If you have questions about the specifics of the proposal, go to FasterCleanerCheaper.com or call me at 927-2414.

Jacque R. Whitsitt

Basalt


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