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Public transportation is expensive, and officials can have a hard time keeping up with costs. But making sure bus and other services simply continue as they are, is a big goal for officials in Colorado’s Intermountain region. 

Roaring Fork Transit Authority

Bus service in the Roaring Fork Valley will be less frequent starting next Tuesday, September 2nd. It’s part of the usual fall calendar switch for the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, but the agency is also having its first anniversary with the VelociRFTA bus rapid transit service, or BRT. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher spoke with President and CEO Dan Blankenship.  

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 More people are riding the bus in the Roaring Fork Valley than ten years ago. That’s according to new data gathered by the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, or RFTA. The agency conducted a ridership survey in March for the first time in a decade. To learn more, APR's Elise Thatcher talks with transportation expert Jim Charlier. His firm Charlier Associates is reviewing the survey results. One trend he sees is fewer people driving, because more are telecommuting. 

Seatbelts could have prevented some major injuries in a bus rollover that happened in October. That’s when A RFTA bus crashed near Carbondale.

The Pitkin County Jail is working on a set of policies for sexual assault. It’ll serve as a model for rural jails across Colorado.

Turns out, the higher you go in elevation...the bigger your brain gets. This brain swelling may be keeping high school athletes safer.

One of the largest citizen science efforts in the world kicks off on Sunday. The annual Christmas bird count includes volunteers in the Roaring Fork Valley.

And, Aspen’s Olympic history stretches way back. It begins when the first ski runs were being cut on Aspen Mountain...in the 1930’s. We’ll have more in the Road to Sochi.

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Seat belts could have prevented major injuries in October’s major bus crash near Carbondale. A Roaring Fork Transit Authority bus rolled onto its side, sending at least ten people to the hospital. Less a month later, the federal government decided to require seat belts in exactly the kind of bus that wrecked. The requirement won’t start until 2016. In the meantime, an internal investigation and county traffic court are delving into what happened the night of the accident.

A RFTA Thanksgiving

Nov 28, 2013
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Cooking a Thanksgiving meal is a big job under normal family circumstances… imagine cooking up the big meal for a crowd.  One local woman is whipping up a spread for  the many bus drivers and other employees of the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority who are on the clock today. APR’s Elise Thatcher has the details.

Reporter: As of this Thanksgiving morning, Susan DeCillis has been up all night. She’s had a lot to prepare… because she’s putting on supper for a hundred and fifty.

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Officials in Glenwood Springs want to know what residents think about a new bridge. No, not the Grand Avenue Bridge over I- 70. The city is taking comments on what would be a new way to get from Highway 82 to a certain part of town.

Reporter: Getting from Highway 82 to southwest Glenwood Springs can be a real pain… especially when there’s traffic. So there’s a plan to add a new bridge. It would go from the highway, over the Roaring Fork River to Airport Road on the West Side of town. Terri Partch is with the Glenwood Springs engineering department.

Energy planners gathered in Carbondale this week to compare notes and strategize about funding.

The Town of Basalt approves a home for senior citizens. Now, there’s an effort underway to recruit residents.

Snowmass Village takes a stab at cutting greenhouse gas emissions. The town has some of the highest per capita in the nation.

An independent study finds the Roaring Fork Valley’s mass transit system means big savings for residents.

We find out whether Lance Armstrong had anything to do with death threats against the national agency to prevent doping.

We’ll wrap up with the latest from our Road to Sochi series. Olympic hopeful Meg Olenick aims to be one of the first compete in a sport new to the winter games.

A weekend RFTA bus rollover that injured 11 people is under investigation. We have the latest.

The fire district that serves Carbondale is asking voters for a tax increase. The chief says it’s needed to fight increasingly intense fires. Opponents say it costs too much.

Snowmass Village voters have a different tax question. It would pay for improvements to aging infrastructure like leaks and cracks in sewer pipes.

A Mid-Valley non-profit is concerned about the health of the Fryingpan River. Flows were down over the summer… thanks to the drought last winter... and a study will determine how that affected fish.

The Aspen Skiing Company is recognized with an award for commitment to the arts. Aspen Public Radio’s Roger Adams talks to the Ski-Co’s Managing Partners, Jim and Paula Crown.

Finally, an Aspen ski jumper is hoping to make the Olympic team in the Nordic combined. We profile Michael Ward in the latest Road to Sochi segment.

Roaring Fork Transit Authority

There are still big questions about a bus accident near Carbondale last weekend. The Colorado State Patrol says a Roaring Fork Transportation Authority bus hit a concrete barrier after swerving around another vehicle. But the agency continues to collect information to figure out what happened… and the agency responsible for the bus says there may be two different stories.