Local Information: Transportation
The Roaring Fork Valley is accessed via I-70 from its northernmost end and, during the summer months, can be accessed over Independence Pass from its southernmost end. Once you’re in the valley the easiest way to access any of the small towns along the Roaring Fork is by car on state highway 82. Although this is often the most efficient option it is by no means the only way of getting around the Roaring Fork Valley. Here are some other great transportation options in the area.
VelociRFTA: The Roaring Fork Valley has one of the best rural bus systems in the United States. The VelociRFTA is a rapid transit system that stops along 82 from West Glenwood all the way to Aspen. The VelociRFTA is the fastest way to get around the valley and is used by many to commute. Park and ride stations are available along the entire VelociRFTA route.
Local Bus Systems: The RFTA or Roaring Fork Transit Authority also maintains local bus systems in each of the major towns of The Roaring Fork. Aspen has a specific city bus system, as does Snowmass, Glenwood, Rifle and even the Maroon Bells! When commuting by bus it’s best to catch your local bus to the RFTA station and then zoom off from there.
Bike: Another unique and exciting option for commuting in the Roaring Fork Valley is the Rio Grande Trail. This trail system boasts 42 miles of continuous use trail that connects Glenwood Springs and Aspen and is open to biking, walking, running, skating and even cross country skiing in the winter! If you live close enough to work make sure to locate your section of the Rio Grande Trail for casual outings and commuting. Need a bike? The Roaring Fork Valley boasts a well-organized bike share program called WE-cycle! WE-cycle bikes can be picked up and returned at stations in Aspen and Basalt.