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New bus system connecting Front Range, Summit County, Vail, and Glenwood

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

Now this is something useful!   The name is cringeworthy, imo, but the service is something that has been needed.

 

 

"...The idea is to connect as many of Colorado’s local transit system as possible (six, so far), says Amy Ford, CDOT’s communications director. For example, it’ll drop you at the Vail Transportation Center and the Eagle park and ride in Eagle County, where you can pick up an ECO bus or Vail bus to get around.

"In Glenwood Springs you can grab a RFTA bus and roll down the Roaring Fork Valley...."  read more here

https://www.codot.gov/travel/bustang

 

 

 

 

post #2 of 11

I think this is great.  I'd like to see it expanded to Grand Junction ASAP.

I think they need to increase the fare to Frisco and decrease it to Glenwood.

post #3 of 11

Awesome...once the rail line to DIA is finished this should help alot with my friends who visit and don't want to shell out for CME.

post #4 of 11

This is a wonderful start, but it's weekdays only at the moment, so I don't think they're selling this as a solution to the weekend ski traffic problem.

post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by rachelv View Post
 

This is a wonderful start, but it's weekdays only at the moment, so I don't think they're selling this as a solution to the weekend ski traffic problem.

No, absolutely not. It's a good alternative to renting a car, though, or for people who need to get back and forth from Vail to Summit (which isn't very far) without a car. 

post #6 of 11
The park and ride for FREX in my town has a "Bustang is Coming!" purple mustang sign up. Didn't know it was connecting to the mountains, that's cool. I'm not sure I could stomach 2-3 hours on the Bustang, though.

Plus, that parking lot is a huge I-25 drug deal spot where us Coloradans buy gateway drugs on the way to meth addiction. There could be busts on the Bustang. It's hard to stop saying Bustang once you start.
post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 

http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_28773383/cdots-bustang-earning-good-reviews

 

Colorado began two huge ventures this summer to ease congestion along the state's busiest highways, and early reviews are lauding the Bustang.

The state-owned and operated bus system was launched in July, and its initial popularity is prompting calls for expansion.

First-time riders find the Bustang convenient, comfortable and relatively inexpensive.

"Are you kidding?" said Gina Perez-Kohl last week while waiting at Denver Union Station to take the Bustang to Colorado Springs. "It's cheap, only $12 from Denver to Colorado Springs. You can't beat that."

"If I didn't have this bus, I'd be trying to find a ride and having to pay a lot more money," she said.

Transportation officials hope Bustang will help connect major population and employment centers along Interstate 25 from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs and on Interstate 70 between Denver and Glenwood Springs during peak weekday commuting times.

Single-ride fares range from $9 to $28 on coaches that seat 50.

"I loved it, it was absolutely perfect," said Linda Baker, who took the Bustang in Loveland to come to Denver to visit her nephew. "It's so much easier than driving."

So far, the north and south Bustang routes average about 140 riders a day, and the west line has about 60 a day — with 30 each way, said Amy Ford, spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Transportation.

"We've been real pleased," said Ford. "Ridership on both the north and south routes are decent, and after about seven weeks of operation, it is steadily growing."

CDOT expects ridership to go up. In fact, CDOT is staging a second bus to handle overflow for the west line.

Bustang weekend service begins Friday between Denver Union Station and the Colorado State University campus.

Using Bustang makes sense because more and more college students are electing not to bring a personal vehicle with them to campus, said Aaron Fodge, CSU's alternative transportation manager. "Bus tang helps support that decision while connecting them with Denver and their families."

It is also hoped that the buses will help ease the traffic congestion — at least during the week — along two choked interstates, added Mark Imhoff, CDOT's director of transit.

The fleet features 13 buses in rotation on each route. All the coaches are handicap accessible and equip ped with restrooms, bike racks, free Wi-Fi, power outlets and USB ports.

It cost about $10 million to start the Bustang service, and it will cost about $3 million annually to run, CDOT said.....

For information about Bustang fares and schedules, go to ridebustang.com.

Monte Whaley: 720-929-0907, mwhaley@denverpost.com or twitter.com/montewhaley

post #8 of 11

the Bustang at least will provide some transit option between Summit and Eagle County, but the current schedule doesn't really work for ski tourists.  I think it is a waste of money in its current configuration.

 

Mike

post #9 of 11

While it doesn't work for ski tourists, it does work for commuting workers and students as evidenced by the volume of riders.

post #10 of 11

The BusBang, what?!

 

Sorry I had to say it

 

 

So no more pushing for the monorail huh?

post #11 of 11

At least it's a start and it's really not aimed at tourists.  But by connecting to existing mass transit options in each location, it does serve a very large area.

 

It seems like dedicated ski buses departing from the Hoback park and ride would be a no brainer.   Let the buses use the toll lanes and the shoulders were possible.

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