Letter: RFTA’s work is paying off
December 16, 2013
RFTA's work is paying off
The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority bus system has provided valley travel for me since its beginnings in the Roaring Fork Valley. After losing the fight for a rail system from Glenwood Springs to Aspen, I served on the RFTA board and followed the changes in the bus system and its offerings to the residents of the valley. I listened many times to the requests of Carbondale residents stating that Carbondale needed a shuttle, and that the bus to Glenwood Springs or to Aspen should not have to wander through town.
That goal has been addressed with the shuttle … a system that allows riders to move about town and to access the Park and Ride without having to drive to the Park and Ride and try to find a space in the crowded parking lot. It does not require the analytical mind of an engineer or a rocket scientist to investigate or to figure out where and how to access the system.
The RFTA board has worked diligently to meet the needs of the riders and to reduce auto traffic on Highway 82. Can't we, at least, give the concept a chance to work? Not everyone will have a bus stop or access in his/her chosen spot, but the system is designed to meet the greatest need for the greatest number of commuters, most of whom appreciate the system, the courtesy, the dedication and the work of the board, of Dan Blankenship, of the drivers, and the staff of RFTA.
Thanks to RFTA for finding a way, both logistically and financially, to provide, once again, for a stated need.
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