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Letter: An idea whose time has come

Uber and Lyft have revolutionized transportation in most medium and large U.S. cities. Anyone who has tried these ride services gets it instantly. It just works.

A valleywide, mass-transit system has been hiding in plain sight, but now technology has pulled back the curtain. The vehicles and infrastructure are paid for and in place but not being used. Software trumps hardware.

More and more folks are departing Aspen for less costly living downvalley — but they still need to commute. Cars and trucks sit in traffic jams. Stress. Rage. Pollution. Burn gas.

Flip the Uber/Lyft service switch — every car and pickup truck with empty seats can opt in as a taxi for white- and blue-collar workers. Commuting drivers can pick up riders (some with tools), earn money for gas and parking, and meet people on their own schedule.

Ride services can reduce stressful daily congestion entering and leaving Aspen plus:

• No straight-shot needed through open space

• No more paving paradise for parking lots

• No more throwing taxpayer cash at endless pie-in-the-sky light-rail studies

• No staff and no office space needed

• We don’t need a study for ride services — just flip the switch and see what happens. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

• Take a load off the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority

Elected officials: Invite Uber and Lyft executives to the valley for a free opinion. Might be an opportunity for a mountain-resort pilot project.

RFTA and Jeffrey Evans, what’s wrong with this picture?

Bill Lipsey


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