RFTA has been in operation since 1983 and functions as a Regional Transportation Authority.

RFTA includes the communities of Aspen, Snowmass Village, Pitkin County, Basalt, and a portion of Eagle County, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs and New Castle. RFTA pursues excellence and innovation in providing preferred transportation choices that connect and support vibrant communities.

  • 2nd Largest Transit system in Colorado, and largest rural transit system in the nation
  • Operates first rural Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) System in the USA, VelociRFTA
  • Includes public bike share program (WE-cycle) and RFTA Rio Grande Trail
  • At AM peak, RFTA moves 35%-38% of all commuters into Aspen
  • Non-driving mode share (walking, biking, transit) for the region is approximately 30%, roughly double the national average
  • Over 5 million riders annually


A 20-year plan for mobility, for the region extending from Parachute to Aspen?

  • That’s a long time frame.
  • That’s a huge and diverse service area
  • That’s a lot to promise

All of these are valid concerns.

RFTA is the largest rural transit system in the United States, and one of the most successful. RFTA’s quality and reliability of service rival that of many large cities with successful transit systems.

One of RFTA’s keys to success over its 30-year history is its investment in long-term planning. For instance, the Corridor Investment Study (CIS), completed in 2003, was critical to funding and implementation of RFTA’s VelociRFTA Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system.  Now that BRT has been operating successfully for over three years, RFTA believes it is time to re-examine the region’s long term transportation goals, and to develop a plan to achieve them.

In 2003, this CIS Planning effort focused on the 40-mile State Highway 82 corridor between Glenwood Springs and Aspen, and focused on one major project: Bus Rapid Transit

Today, over 15 years later, the study area consists of two corridors, about 75 miles in length, and the transportation priorities are numerous, multimodal, and interconnected.

So we are calling this process the Destination 2040.


  • Snowmass Village
  • Basalt
  • Pitkin County
  • Aspen
  • Glenwood Springs
  • Carbondale
  • New Castle
  • Silt
  • Garfield County
  • Eagle County
  • Rifle
  • Parachute
  • Aspen Valley Hospital
  • RE 2 School District
  • RE 1 School District
  • Valley View Hospital
  • Grand River Medical Center
  • ECO Transit
  • CDOT Division of Transit & Rail
  • CDOT Region 3
  • Rifle Economic Development Corporation
  • Mid Valley Planning Commission
  • Aspen Ski Company
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