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The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority is receiving a $13 million grant toward the construction of its new regional transit center in Glenwood Springs. The grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation is the second batch of federal funding RFTA has received this year, following $11.48 million from the Federal Transit Administration.



Alex Hager

A new reservation-based system for buses to the Maroon Bells began on Monday. Under new regulations, visitors must use a website to book tickets in advance for a specific time slot. 

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The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority says it does not expect to completely suspend bus service amid concern over COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. RFTA is sanitizing buses, expanding sick leave for drivers and drafting contingency plans should a reduction in service prove necessary.

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The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority is making some upgrades to its maintenance facility in Glenwood Springs, right across the street from the West Glenwood Park and Ride. The renovations will more than double the building’s capacity for repairs.

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Starting Saturday, commuters travelling between New Castle and Glenwood Springs will see more routes from the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA). 

Communications manager Jaime Tatsuno, said 30 trips will be added between the two towns during peak hours, which comes out to one bus about every half hour. 

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The Roaring Fork Transit Authority unveiled its new electric buses in a ceremony at Rubey Park on Tuesday. Over the course of the next month, eight new electric buses will join RFTA’s fleet of about 90 total buses.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Monday that the Roaring Fork Transit Authority and Snowmass Village Shuttles were granted nearly $2 million to replace old buses. 

Snowmass Village Shuttles received $400,000 and the Roaring Fork Transit Authority just under $1.8 million. 

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The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, or RFTA, says it’s unlikely that local commuters would see the same cuts in service that have been proposed to Front Range public transportation. 

RFTA communications manager Jamie Tatsuno says while the organization does face driver shortages, they manage to find enough, even during peak ridership in the summer and winter. 

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On Monday, the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) returns to its off-season schedule. In the past, this has meant fewer buses and less service, but this year, it’s different.


Unlike previous offseasons, RFTA will run its express bus route, the BRT service, on weekends and the Carbondale Circulator bus will run seven days a week.

Carbondale Talks Transportation

Feb 18, 2019

Carbondale’s Board of Trustees discusses the future of the town’s transportation Tuesday evening. They want to make it easier for people to get around without their cars.

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New Castle is interested in having a driverless bus get people get around town.

On Monday morning, snow fell on an already wet Highway 82, making the roadway slick. There were several accidents, which made for a long and dangerous commute for those heading up-valley.

RFTA Starts Shoulder Season

Nov 21, 2018
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The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority starts its “Fall Shoulder Season” on Thursday; it’s the roughly two-week ramp up to the full winter season.

RFTA Improvements Could Start In 2019

Nov 8, 2018
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Voters from Aspen to New Castle narrowly passed a property tax to help fund the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA).


Transportation is a challenge in a community that's 40 miles long. Aspen businesses rely on workers commuting and, with only one road in and out of town, it can lead to problems. In the next 20 years, the valley’s population is expected to grow, which means more traffic. This fall, the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) hopes voters will invest in their bus system.

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The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) is asking voters to approve a new property tax. Even if it passes, RFTA will have to make sacrifices.  

Castle Creek Detour Returns During Busy Fall

Sep 7, 2018

The Castle Creek Bridge project resumed after Labor Day; commuters are facing another two months of detours after the project to improve the bridge and Hallam Street took a summer break.

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For the past three years, the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority has employed a herd of goats to eat the weeds along the Rio Grande Trail.

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The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) might ask voters for a property tax this fall. There’s a hearing on Thursday in Carbondale for the public to weigh in.

RFTA's Union Relies On A Few To Represent Many

Jul 24, 2018
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David Holloway was driving the dial-a-ride bus in Aspen one afternoon in late June. He’s driven for RFTA for four-and-a-half years, but isn’t a union member. He admitted he has benefitted from the union, but thinks he could have gotten at least some of it on his own.

Voters Divided Over Tax, Recent RFTA Poll Says

Jun 18, 2018

At their meeting last week, the board of the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) heard from consultants about the appetite the Roaring Fork Valley has for a property tax to help the authority expand.

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The union representing the drivers of the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) has negotiated a new three-year contract for its drivers. It goes to the board Thursday, and, if approved, will be effective beginning in 2019.


The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) begins its summer schedule Saturday, as well as its ban on open containers on its buses.

Glenwood Springs reimagines city bus service

Jun 6, 2018

The Glenwood Springs City Council will decide Thursday if they’ll change the Ride Glenwood Springs bus service dramatically over the next few years.

This week, voters approved a tax increase to help fund Crown Mountain Park in El Jebel. The City of Aspen said it's close to reaching settlement agreements with some of the groups who oppose its work to retain rights to build reservoirs on Castle and Maroon Creeks. And Basalt Town Council is anticipating the same housing issues that Aspen now dealing with.

RFTA's spring schedule begins Monday

Apr 11, 2018

The Roaring Fork Transportation Agency (RFTA) begins its spring bus schedule Monday. It’s no different than previous years, despite the Castle Creek Bridge project.

RFTA gauges valley's appetite for mill levy

Apr 5, 2018

The Roaring Fork Transportation System (RFTA) is taking the pulse of voters and governments up and down the valley for a possible mill levy. It would fund the bus system for the next 20 years.

Valley Roundup: March 16, 2018

Mar 16, 2018

Radio LaTricolor, has been named station of the year by the Colorado Broadcasters Association, are Aspen officials skirting a public weigh-in on a new government building?, valley athletes continue to earn new neckware, and students say they do not want guns in their classrooms.

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Garfield County Commissioners met with members of the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) on Tuesday to discuss a bus service to Parachute and Battlement Mesa.


At their meeting Thursday morning, the board of the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority will vote on a resolution, which would ban alcohol consumption on buses.