Local Transportation & Parking

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Leave your car at home. As a part of our city's environmental focus, we encourage residents and guests to get around without your vehicle. With so many transportation options available in Aspen, it's a hassle-free, safe and earth-friendly way to get around. Our goal is to preserve Aspen's character by keeping traffic congestion and pollution at a minimum. Should you choose to drive, parking at our downtown garage or on the streets of Aspen is easy once you are equipped with the right information. 

Take the pledge to Drive Less this summer and win! Do your part to reduce traffic congestion, clear the air and save money. Pledge to drive less this summer, sign up with the City of Aspen.

• Find carpool partners for daily or one-time trips (FREE PARKING for Carpoolers – see below)
• Look for walking and cycling partners
• Get traffic alerts via email
• Earn rewards and win great prizes
• Calculate your cost and carbon savings

The Roaring Fork Transit Authority (RFTA) represents an unparalleled community commitment to public transportation in the Roaring Fork Valley. RFTA monthly and seasonal passes are available, offering discounted rates for frequent riders between fare zones. ACRA Members receive further discounts (5%) on bus passes as part of their benefits package. RFTA Zone Passes now include a free WE-Cycle season pass, see information on bike sharing below. Rides within Aspen and Snowmass and between Woody Creek and Aspen are free.

Schedules, Fares, and Maps: 970.925.8484, http://www.rfta.com/

Park for free at the Brush Creek Intercept lot or Basalt, El Jebel, Carbondale, or Glenwood Spring Park & Ride lots, and catch a RFTA bus to Aspen. Try VelociRFTA- Fast, Fun, Frequent service utilizing Bus Rapid Transit.

"Yes, but I need a car for errands in town…."
Join Car to Go – which provides its members with all the perks of car ownership but none of the hassles. Members share a fleet of all hybrid vehicles, dramatically reducing their costs. Gas, maintenance, roadside assistance, and insurance are all included. Car to Go is perfect for those who use public transportation, bike, walk or carpool for some trips. 970.920.5066, www.cartogo.com

"I want to be on my own schedule!"

Now available in Aspen. Download the app in the app store. 

Taxis & Shuttles  

We-Cycle – Community Supported bike share
WE-Cycle is Aspen's commuter bike share program. These bicycles are meant for short, frequent, point-to-point trips between bus stops, businesses, restaurants, events, lodges, and residences.  

The first 30 minutes of each checkout is included in the cost of the pass, while longer rides are charged overtime fees. Extended rides are an additional $4 for the first half hour past 30 minutes and $8 for each subsequent half hour after 60 minutes. Your pass allows for unlimited bike checkouts. The clock resets when your bike re-docks.  www.we-cycle.org

All RFTA Seasonal Zone Passes include a free WE-cycle Season Pass. Ride the bus to town & use WE-cycle around town. There are 16 WE-Cycle stations in Aspen – locations can be found at www.we-cycle.org

Bike Paths
The City of Aspen is a bike-friendly community, with many trails and pedestrian bikeways available to facilitate parking your car and enjoying the freedom associated with bike travel.

Home of the Rio Grande Trail, 44 mile stretch of continuous trail between Aspen & Glenwood Springs as well as a system of trails connecting Aspen and Snowmass Village and Woody Creek. Utilize the Pitkin Outside Map to plot the best commuter route options http://www.pitkinoutside.org/map.html

Beginning April 2016 the City of Aspen will run a Living Lab experiment to improve the Castle Creek Bridge / Hallam Street connection. Enjoy this improvement between April and July and provide all feedback to city staff that will be incorporated into a final design. http://castlecreekbridge.com/

If you do choose to drive your car to Aspen, parking is easy. We have several parking options. Aspen's parking department is always available to answer questions and help with meters. But, they're also around to monitor and enforce on-street parking programs, which they do very efficiently. Trust us.

Rio Grande Plaza
We recommend the Rio Grande Parking Plaza, located one block off of Main Street at 425 Rio Grande Place. This parking garage offers affordable, covered parking 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Garage Clearance 7 feet-2 inches. NEV (Neighborhood Electric Vehicle) parking and charging available. For information please call (970) 920-5430.

$1.50 per Hour
$15.00 Daily Maximum
$50.00 10-Visit pass* (EDITOR'S PICK - ONLY $5 per day!)
$200.00 Monthly pass*
$15.00 Lost Ticket fee
Free from 5pm to 5am
Free Sundays
Free Holidays with the exception of July 4th

*available for purchase during booth hours or between 8:30am and 5pm at the Aspen Parking Department at 540 E. Main Street.

From the plaza, the free Galena Street Shuttle provides convenient service to Aspen's downtown core and to Aspen Mountain from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the winter season.

Pay & Display
For parking downtown at one of our extraordinary shops, businesses or attractions, you can use the Pay & Display method. In downtown Aspen, you'll see blue signs designating pay stations. Simply insert the appropriate coins or your credit card into the solar-powered meters and you will receive a receipt to be displayed face-up on the driver's side dashboard.

You may also utilize Pay By Phone or Way to Park apps on your mobile phone. Parking cards and tokens are available for purchase at the Parking Department for those individuals who do not wish to use credit cards.

Downtown parking is limited to a maximum of four hours.  Monday-Saturday enforced 10am-6pm (Sunday and City Holidays Free).  Rates are as follows:

Regular Pricing
1 hour: $2.00
2 hours: $5.00
3 hours: $9.00
4 hours: $14.00

June 1st - August 31st, 2016 - Drive Less Pricing
1 Hour: $3.00
2 Hours: $7.50
3 Hours: $13.50
4 Hours: $21.00

Single Space Meters (per 15 minutes) is $0.50

  • Motorcycles and Scooters park for free when parked at the end of the block within 2 feet of the "No Parking Anytime" sign.
  • Electric Vehicles and Hybrids can park for free in the residential zones and carpool areas only, not in the downtown meter spaces. These vehicles must get a permit for the free parking from the Aspen Parking Department at 540 E. Main Street.
  • Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEV's) can park for free in the downtown meter spaces and don't need a permit.

Carpool Parking
Carpools of two or more adults, of driving age, are eligible for free carpool permits for parking in residential or carpool zones.  Pick up a daily pass at the Airport Parking Information Kiosk at the Pitkin County Airport. Designated carpool parking spots are located throughout downtown Aspen. For more information on the carpooling program, call 970.920.5038

Accessible Parking
Several ADA spaces are available in Aspen. Additionally, ADA permitted vehicles may park in any legal parking space free of charge with no time restrictions.

Residential Parking
Free 2 hour parking is available in residential zones just outside of Aspen’s core. Purchase a full day pass for these zones for $8 at the Airport Parking Kiosk, Aspen Parking Department, or City Market.
Free Saturdays and Sundays.

For more information on parking options, call the Aspen Parking Department at 970.920.5267 or visit us online http://www.aspenpitkin.com/Departments/Parking.