Vail’s Shaping the Future series tackles transportation
VAIL, Colorado-The fourth class of the Vail Valley Shaping the Future class series will bring three transportation experts together who know Eagle County inside and out. The class will be held at the new lecture hall in Battle Mountain High School in Edwards Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.Though the recession has brought a pause in growth, transportation in and out of the county and between our towns will be one of the most visible signs of growth stress as the Eagle County economy begins to improve. The demand and wish list for road improvements far exceeds local, state and federal dollars and prioritizing and choosing the most cost effective solutions is a difficult task.Speakers include Harry Taylor, Eva Wilson and Weldon Allen. Taylor is the director of ECO Transit, which provides bus service countywide from Gypsum to Vail and to Leadville. In 2008, ECO Transit handled 1.2 million riders across a fleet of 34 busses.Wilson is Eagle County’s engineer and oversees the planning of current and future road and traffic improvements from bike paths to the upcoming Edwards roundabouts and proposed airport interchange.Allen is the director of CDOT Region 3 (which includes Eagle County). CDOT has been an integral partner in state highway and interstate improvements and is currently deep into planning long-term improvements for I-70, not only within Eagle County, but throughout the entire corridor.In the fourth class of the Shaping the Future series, the three experts will provide a good snapshot of current and future transportation projects and solutions. Plenty of time will be allowed for class questions and discussions. This year’s edition of Shaping the Future is a partnership between the Vail Symposium and Economic Council of Eagle County. The class is now in its seventh year and remains a draw to community activists, elected officials and community members wanting to learn more about the social, economic and environmental issues in Eagle County. This six-week lecture and discussion series provides insights and provocative ideas on the economy, medical tourism, transportation and environment.For more information and reservations, call the Vail Symposium at 970-476-0954 or visit http://www.vailsymposium.org.