Destination 2040 will...

Reduce Congestion

& Manage Traffic Demand.

Destination 2040 will...

Provide multi-modal travel options

that work for any lifestyle.

Destination 2040 will...

Provide Modern, Quieter, Cleaner

Buses that are Better for the Environment.

Destination 2040 will...

Increase Service Levels Throughout the

Roaring Fork and Colorado River Valleys.

Destination 2040 will...

Maintain and Enhance

the Rio Grande Trail.

Destination 2040 will...

Provide More Evening, Night

and Weekend Services.

Destination 2040 will...

Expand Parking Options at Bus

Stations and Stops.

Destination 2040 will...

Expand and Enhance Major Pedestrian

Crossings Throughout the Roaring Fork

and Colorado River Valleys.

WELCOME TO RFTA DESTINATION 2040

The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) is the mobility solution for this region. RFTA makes getting around the valley much easier and less costly through rapid transit solutions, local bus service, pedestrian enhancements, access to bike share and regional bike and pedestrian trails. However, there are a number of obstacles in RFTA’s way to continue to serve this community and to meet this region’s growing mobility needs of the future.

To address this, RFTA’s Board of Directors is considering a 2018 ballot question to ask voter approval to fund this action plan.

Destination 2040 is the road map to allowing RFTA to continue the level of services we enjoy today, and to serve the region’s growing travel needs for the next 20 years.

RFTA'S BIGGEST CHALLENGES

  • An aging fleet that is unable to keep up with growing demand
  • Unable to meet the demand for evening and weekend service
  • Unable to provide more off-season services
  • Lack of parking at stops and stations
  • Maintaining the Rio Grande Trail for cyclist and pedestrians
  • Building new regional trails
  • Providing safe pedestrian access to bus stations and trails

RFTA'S DESTINATION 2040 PROPOSES TO

  • Replace the bus fleet, including electric zero-emission buses
  • Provide more evening, night and weekend services
  • Increase service levels throughout the Roaring Fork and Colorado River valleys
  • Expand parking options at stations and stops
  • Continue to maintain and enhance the Rio Grande Trail
  • Help construct the LOVA trail
  • Expand and enhance major pedestrian crossings throughout the Roaring Fork and Colorado River valleys
RFTA HELPS REDUCE CONGESTION
RFTA HELPS REDUCE CONGESTION
RFTA PROVIDES EASE OF TRAVEL
RFTA PROVIDES EASE OF TRAVEL
RFTA IS ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY
RFTA IS ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY

Why Is RFTA doing this?

  • Population, employment growth and housing development in the region will continue to increase over the next 20 years.

  • Increasing multi-modal transportation options will help the region address expected traffic demand and congestion increases.

  • New technology for traffic management and electric buses can help meet the community’s environmental goals.

Population Growth Forecast

Aging Bus Fleet

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Current average RFTA bus age. Buses should be replaced at 12 years.
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Current average mileage on RFTA buses. Buses should be replaced at 500,000 miles.

Highway 82 Traffic Growth Forecast

  • RFTA depends on a sales tax collected in member towns from Aspen to New Castle as well as Pitkin County and the Roaring Fork portion of Eagle County. In addition, it collects fares and has traditionally reaped state and federal grants. The grants are largely drying up, so RFTA commissioned a study to determine how much money will be needed to cover everything from replacing aging buses to expanding service to meet growing needs.

    The Aspen Times
  • 81 percent of respondents said traffic congestion is extremely serious, very serious or somewhat serious.

    The Post Independent
  • Included in the future planning is how to fund the millions of dollars for rolling stock and myriad projects ranging from pedestrian crossings, park-and-ride expansions and other ways to improve mobility between Aspen and Rifle, and possibly all the way to Parachute.

    Aspen Daily news

HOW DOES THIS BENEFIT OUR COMMUNITY?

  • Destination 2040 will enhance transportation systems to achieve and sustain a high level of service, standards, consistency and reliability.
  • Destination 2040 will enhance multi-modal transportation options to ensure mobility. By doing so, RFTA will partner with communities to address the growth of traffic.
  • Destination 2040 will enhance the safety and connectivity of all transportation systems including but not limited to local and regional transit, feeder system, rail, fixed guideway, pedestrian, bicycle, highway, and airport to provide seamless, efficient transition between modes.
  • Destination 2040 will continue regional transportation planning as a collaborative effort and participate in decision making together with community leaders and users to achieve mutual goals for the benefits of all citizens and visitors in the Region.
  • Destination 2040 will partner with communities on land use implications to convenient transit and mobility applications.
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