More inviting, comfortable stations envisioned as part of $50 million project
ASPEN REAL ESTATE — The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority on Tuesday unveiled the general design of bus stations that will adorn 14 high-visibility stops along the Roaring Fork Valley’s spine.RFTA will build the new stations as part of its $50 million expansion of the bus system that will be undertaken during the next three years. The expansion plan, officially called bus rapid transit and unofficially dubbed “RFTA on steroids,” is designed to make the bus system more competitive with private vehicles.Better bus stations, where riders can get out of the rain and snow, is just one aspect of the plan. There will be significantly more buses, and more of them making direct trips between Aspen and destinations downvalley. Special stop light triggers will be added to give buses an advance start at intersections and improvements will be made to roads to ease buses through bottlenecks.The 14 new bus stations will be installed at nine locations in the valley, all along Highway 82
By Scottt Condon, Feb. 10, 2010 AT
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RFTA Unveils Conceptual BRT Station Designs, ADN
ASPEN REAL ESTATE – Roaring Fork Transportation Authority officials shared proposed conceptual designs for new bus stations Tuesday with the Pitkin County commissioners as part of the planned VelociRFTA bus rapid transit system.The meeting with the county was the first in a new round of public meetings designed to gather public feedback on the proposed BRT system, which is now poised to obtain a $24 million federal grant. “Now it is becoming more tangible,” said RFTA CEO Dan Blankenship. “We arestarting to see what this is actually going to look like. Now the publiccan get engaged and excited.”Blankenship and planner Wayne Feurerborn of the Kansas City transit consulting firm HNTB showed illustrations of how new bus shelters along Highway 82 might look once the $45 million to $50 million BRT project is finished in either 2012 or 2013.
By Brent Gardner-Smith, Feb. 10, 2010 ADN