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Eagle County developments will strain infrastructure

RFTA finally off the booze wagon

My efforts to get the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority off the booze wagon have finally paid off. In 2017 I even took to the Colorado General Assembly about it allowing alcoholic drinking on its buses and not checking identifications to stop minors from boozing it up.

During ski season, most of the unlawful and unbearably rowdy behavior on RFTA buses from Aspen into Snowmass Village and back is done by foreign Aspen Skiing Co. workers living in Skico employee housing at the Snowmass Club site.

Each year, neither Skico nor the Snowmass Village Town Council are warning and policing these foreign winter workers at their living quarters or at the bus stops. The frenzied alcoholic beverage drinking and dope smoking at the bus stops shows no thoughtfulness and consideration for others, especially at night.

Emzy Veazy III

Aspen, Burbank, CA

Eagle County developments will strain infrastructure

The Roaring Fork Transit Authority has done a tremendous job trying to meet the growing demand for it’s services. They have added bus slip lanes to get their buses around congested traffic areas on Highway 82. Now, due to recent approved high-density developments and the continued growing traffic in the mid valley, they will need to add another upvalley slip lane from Willits center to Willits Lane. Otherwise their rapid transit buses will be bogged down in traffic on the morning commute.

A few years ago, RFTA added two new park and ride bus stations in El Jebel. Shortly after they were built they began filling up between 7 and 8 a.m. Can Eagle County tell us where the additional vehicles will park once the new developments are completed? Extending the development growth boundaries will will only add more traffic to an already congested Highway 82.

Ron Kinnell

El Jebel

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