Fort Collins is well known as a bike-friendly community, and the MAX line has made traveling between Old Town and Harmony Road more convenient than ever. But going beyond the city limits has up until recently meant getting in the car and driving on I-25 or Highway 287. But a new bus service offers Front Range residents the opportunity to leave the driving to someone else.
Colorado’s new Bustang bus service, which we originally reported on in February, recently became a reality, connecting Fort Collins and Loveland to downtown Denver.
Each motorcoach can carry 50 passengers and is equipped with restrooms, bike racks, wireless internet, and electrical outlets.
Buses depart the Harmony park-and-ride located just west of I-25 six times a day, stopping at the Loveland-Greeley park-and-ride at Centerra on the way to Denver’s Union Station and downtown bus transit center. Two of these daily trips originate at the Downtown Transit Center in Old Town Fort Collins, and six daily return trips carry commuters back from Denver.
A single ride to Denver costs $10 from Fort Collins or $9 from Loveland-Greeley, and discounted rates are available for seniors, children, and those with disabilities.
Purchasing multi-ride tickets can offer savings of up to 25 percent. The trip from Fort Collins to downtown Denver takes about 80 minutes.
Bustang is owned by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and operated by Ace Express Coaches, a Golden-based business that also operates shuttles to Colorado’s casinos, ski resorts, airports, and other destinations. In addition to the Fort Collins-Denver route, Bustang also offers Denver-Colorado Springs and Denver-Glenwood Springs.
CDOT’s new Bustang service comes at a time when commuters are increasingly seeking alternatives to driving. A coalition of local governments recently voted to divert all of its funding to improving I-25, but it is estimated that the necessary projects will require at least five years to complete.
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Written by: Bob Golba, Sales Manager
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