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Colorado Briefs Panel | Dan Blankenship, Alan Fletcher and Michael Monroney

Dan Blankenship, Alan Fletcher and Michael Monroney speak about how some Aspen non-profits and government organizations engage with and enhance the Roaring Fork Valley. Each panelist speaks for four minutes followed by a Q&A session.

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Colorado Briefs Panel | Dan Blankenship, Alan Fletcher and Michael Monroney

  1. 1. Dan Blankenship CEO, Roaring Fork Transportation Authority COLORADO BRIEFS Alan Fletcher President and CEO, Aspen Music Festival and School Michael Monroney History Coach & Community Trainer, Aspen Historical Society
  2. 2. Head Shot Here Dan Blankenship, CEO Roaring Fork Transportation Authority COLORADO BRIEFS
  3. 3. Background • Over 29 years – CEO/General Manager of Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) and predecessor Roaring Fork Transit Agency • Play bass guitar in church band • Participate in a jail-house ministry with inmates that have substance abuse/addiction issues • Teaching 15-year-old son how to drive
  4. 4. Community Equity • RFTA is largest rural transit system in the U.S. • RFTA is 2nd largest transit system in Colorado • RFTA is first rural transit agency to implement a Bus Rapid Transit System • Financial sustainability – 3 successful sales tax and one property tax election • Economic Benefits of RFTA Transit ($67 - $88 Million – 2018 SWEEP) – Commuter Service – Hwy 82 and I-70 – ASC Skier Shuttles, Aspen/Glenwood Springs Circulators, Maroon Bells, Major Community Events (X-games, Jazz Aspen/Snowmass) – Over 5 million rides per year • Rio Grande Trail • Transit Infrastructure Partnerships: Grade Separated Pedestrian Crossings, Rubey Park, Destination 2040 Project List
  5. 5. Vision • In addition to quality transit, Mobility as a Service (MAAS) – Bike, e-Bike, and Mobility Device Sharing – first and last mile technologies – Ridesharing app – Call and Demand (Uber/Lyft) – Mobile Fare Payment Systems • Battery Electric Bus Pilot Project - Solar Power • Completion of Lower Colorado Valley Trail – from Glenwood Springs to New Castle
  6. 6. Alan Fletcher President and CEO, Aspen Music Festival and School COLORADO BRIEFS
  7. 7. Education and Community Outreach • Beginning Strings • Group instruction in violin, viola, and cello for elementary-aged students • 134 students in the Roaring Fork Valley (RFV) are participating this year • 56% of students are receiving an instrument scholarship from the AMFS • Lead Guitar • Classical guitar program, offered in-school and after-school in middle schools • 81 students in the RFV are participating in the after-school program this year • Maroon Bel Canto Choirs • Two choir programs for grades 3-8 • 151 students in the RFV are participating this year • 13 schools in the RFV are participating in these programs. • 23% of students are receiving full, half-, or quarter-tuition scholarships • Fun Fact: We expect our Beginning Strings students to consume 3,215 snacks during class this school year!
  8. 8. Education and Community Outreach
  9. 9. Michael Monroney History Coach & Community Trainer, Aspen Historical Society COLORADO BRIEFS

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