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

“Destination 2040” is the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority’s (RFTA’s) plan to address the region’s current and future mobility needs. RFTA makes getting around the area easier and less expensive through the programs and services it provides, including: VelociRFTA Bus Rapid Transit, local buses, pedestrian safety enhancements, access to bike share, and maintenance of the Rio Grande recreational trail. RFTA helps reduce automobile congestion and is good for the environment, however, it faces financial challenges in order to maintain its services and programs, as well as to meet the region’s growing mobility needs.  You can find information about Destination 2040 throughout this website. And you can send your questions and comments to info@rfta2040.com. Thank you!

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 rely on State/Federal Grants for bus replacements
  • 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 in the Roaring Fork Valley
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.

2038 Highway 82 Traffic Growth Forecast

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  • 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

DESTINATION 2040 WILL…

  • 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 in the Roaring Fork Valley
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