RFTA considers lightrail, other long term goals

Jul 7, 2015

RFTA is looking to the future after successfully rolling out a Bus Rapid Transit, or BRT, program.
Credit Elise Thatcher

Public transportation in the Roaring Fork Valley could include light rail once again. The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority is reconsidering the service. RFTA is putting long term goals into something called an Integrated Transportation Plan.

CEO Dan Blankenship says the agency started after brainstorming with board members, and in response to criticism about preserving a rail corridor. Blankenship describes how  light rail in the Upper Valley could end up being a good fit in the coming decades: “That type of system might become more viable in the future if auto congestion increases, and the impacts from buses on the city of Aspen become undesirable.”

The term “light rail” has a lot of baggage in Aspen and Pitkin County, where residents have voted dozens of times on whether to build it.