A solution worth $2.5 million
Mobility lab $2.5 million and another “ask” on the ballot for Roaring Fork Transportation Authority … uh-huh.
No, I don’t believe that a cappuccino machine at Brush Creek will reduce the number of cars in Aspen. I believe what would help is a reliable public transportation service where you never wait more than 10 minutes, which does not use Highway 82 (please, no more HOV on the right, ever), which scales the size of transport to the number of riders and is green. Research and developing that type of solution is worth $2.5 million
Repeating old letters: pay for the bus with a credit card or phone at every stop. Buying passes in Aspen or paying with cash is so 20th century.
Have small buses picking up direct from baggage claim at the airport and going into Aspen. Our guests can’t find the bus stop or underground passageway, and they’re constantly trying to cross Highway 82 at one of the most dangerous intersections on the most dangerous road in the state. It doesn’t matter that the bus is free if they can’t find it or they die trying.
Have a local bus which meets up with the Bustang. That would be “local” not just BRT because if you can walk to a local stop that bus will not connect to a BRT in time to get you to the Bustang.
Let’s add late night down valley buses for the “worker bees” who leave after closing time. Make it a “quiet bus.”
Driving livery — both limo and rideshare — for three years, the greatest opportunity I can see to conserve is when the airport is closed (snow, wind, wildfire, whatever). There are just as many people trying to get into Aspen as trying to get out and yet most of us drive to another airport and come back empty. The answer is simple — the implementation is difficult — a dispatch service which all livery services can opt into for all Colorado airports. This would match riders to incoming drivers who want to return home. It could cut the number of livery vehicles down by half. It could reduce the traffic just when the roads are the most dangerous.
Trying to change behavior rarely works. Plugging existing behavior into new easier patterns … that has potential.
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With much sorrow I heard of the passing of a good friend Bruce Berger. He was a man for all seasons, a pianist, prolific author, environmentalist, and lover of Aspen.