Mayor’s gridlock solutions are decades old
February 15, 2018
Thank you to Susan Anderson for her letter to the editor in the Aspen Times (Feb. 14) "How you know you live in a ski town" — that is, if you can even get to the ski slopes.
Susan describes the horror of trying to get to the ski slopes during a wonderful snowstorm when the RFTA buses slide into each other on Durant Avenue, both roads into Snowmass are closed for three hours when cleaning up the violent accidents, Aspen's streets are an icy, bumpy mess and all RFTA buses are behind schedule stranding passengers in freezing wet weather.
The elected officials of Aspen, Snowmass and Pitkin County recently spent $500,000 plus to learn their preferred method of transportation (light rail) can not make the steep grade into Snowmass and light rail going into Aspen would hold traffic at every intersection until the light rail passed through.
Mayor Skadron wants to raise $5.5 million dollars to try new cutting edge technology to solve the Entrance to Aspen's notorious gridlock with tempers flaring, guns being brandished and tons of carbon-emitting gases spewing into our mountain air.
The new technology Mayor Skadron wants to study is "more buses and more shuttles, ride-sharing and the trusty bicycle," which actually are decades old solutions. Most skiers, snowboarders and mountain event attendees use the aerial gondola as a safe, reliable and fun way to get to their destinations.
The current elected officials have been asked to study an aerial connection to evaluate if an aerial would work originating at Brush Creek Intercept Lot running along Highway 82 with alignments going to Snowmass, the airport, Buttermilk, Aspen, Highlands and Burlingame.
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I believe Mayor Skadron will only evaluate the urban aerial gondola system after he gets a flat tire on his bike in a blizzard during rush hour and laments "There has got to be a better way!"