New Bustang service connects Frisco to Denver and beyond
Tickets may be purchased online at ridebustang.com or directly from each bus.
One-way ticket from Frisco to Denver: $12
Child single ride (2-11 years): $6
Senior/disabled single ride: $9
10-ticket pack: $108
Tickets may be used at any time; they do not need to be reserved in advance.
The bus currently runs once per day, Monday-Friday.
Departure from Frisco Transfer Center: 8:55 a.m.
Arrival at RTD-Denver Federal Center: 10:05 a.m.
Arrival at Denver Union Station: 10:25 a.m.
Arrival at Denver Bus Center: 10:35 a.m.
Departure from Denver Bus Center: 6 p.m.
Departure from Denver Union Station: 6:15 p.m.
Departure from RTD-Denver Federal Center: 6:35 p.m.
Arrival at Frisco Transfer Center: 7:50 p.m.
The first “Bustang” shuttle departed from Frisco’s Transfer Center on Monday morning, carrying its first group of passengers safely and swiftly to Denver. The sleek, new commuter bus system was created by the Colorado Department of Transportation to link the state’s major transit lines: the western route, for example, links Glenwood Springs through Summit County, stopping at Denver’s Union Station.
“People are starting to hear about it, but they can’t wrap their arms around what the service provides. It’s a really inexpensive, comfortable way to get to Denver,” said Tracy Trulove, a spokeswoman for CDOT.
On Monday, the service saw about a dozen customers get on the eastbound bus early in the morning. The route back to Denver carried just over 20 in its plush seats. The bus, which can carry a maximum of 50 passengers at once, runs along Interstate 70 once per day, Monday though Friday. The departure time from Frisco is set at 8:55 a.m., returning back to the Transfer Center at 7:50 p.m.
“I got more of the impression that people were visiting or doing fun things in Denver, and this is the way they were going back,” Trulove said. “It would also be for people who might have a doctor’s appointment with someone over in Denver and could do it in a day.”
The bus features free WiFi, electric outlets, bathrooms and bike racks. The open tickets can be used any day the bus is in service and are relatively inexpensive — a one-way ticket from Frisco to Denver is $12.
“It wasn’t set up to compete with the commerce for those express rides,” Trulove added. “We’re just trying to connect the transit components that are already in the mountain towns.”
She added that the bus was also built to help relieve I-70 congestion, as more and more vehicles crowd the mountain corridor each year. Last month, 1,014,180 vehicles passed through the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnels — exactly 28,807 more vehicles than in June of 2014.
“That’s what folks need to understand. We just have a lot more people visiting the state, it appears, or moving here,” Trulove said.
The western route also connects to two other Bustang routes in Denver — one headed north to Fort Collins and the other south to Colorado Springs. She said that the service currently links seven of the 10 largest transit providers in the state, and, if the service is a success, it may expand to Pueblo and Grand Junction in the future.
“We want to see how it goes and then look at using those other routes,” she added.
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