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Letter: Get realistic numbers on traffic demand, capacity

Fixing the Entrance to Aspen is the new old topic of the month. It’s the subject of an Aspen Times editorial on Aug. 19 (“Still seeking an Entrance to Aspen solution”). Local officials are about to spend another half-million dollars “studying” it. Studying is good if the right things are studied.

Road and traffic planning doesn’t exist in a vacuum. People travel into and out of town because they live or work or play here or because they’re going to or coming from Independence Pass. The city should start with a realistic quantitative analysis of such basics as: number of residents and visitors expected to occupy town in each month of the year (both at present and in the future as more development occurs); number of cars just using the pass; number of parking spaces they will need and at what times of day; number who will enter and leave town by bus and by car and at what times of day; and number of occupants the current infrastructure of water, power, sewage, etc., will support.

Quantitative analysis of such elements would tell us both the current demand for road usage and the city’s actual carrying capacity. Once those are known, we can have the political discussion about whether we want to use the entrance to accommodate the demand and carrying capacity or whether we want to use it as a regulator.

Now we are flying blind.

Maurice Emmer


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