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Dogs on Aspen city buses?

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen,CO Colorado

ASPEN, Colorado ” Riding the bus with your dog might become a reality on routes that operate within the city of Aspen, Colorado.

The Aspen City Council on Monday agreed to pursue the idea of allowing dogs on city buses and asked transportation officials to bring back a proposal.

Georgeann Waggaman, a former City Councilwoman and dog owner, floated the concept to the council. She said she often drives to her office ” which is less than two miles from her house ” because she takes her dog with her.

She suggested allowing dogs onto city buses on a trial basis and charging a fee in the form of a “pooch pass” that would serve as admission for canines. Waggaman suggested between $35 and $50.

She said dogs were allowed on the Mountain Valley bus when she was on council in the 1990s. She cited buses in Snowmass Village and in Europe that offer the same type of service.

Mayor Mick Ireland said while the experiment, or a permanent service, will require significant regulation, it’s worth trying. He added that he knows many people who would leave their car at home if they could bring their dogs on mass transit.

“I hear it a lot and understand it, and I am sympathetic,” Ireland said.

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