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Bustang tries out weekend service starting Saturday

Nov 19, 2015

Credit Elise Thatcher

  Starting Saturday, residents in need of a ride to Denver can snag a weekend trip on the Bustang service. CDOT unveiled the memorably named bus service this summer, but has been hesitant to add trips on Saturday and Sunday.

Originally the plan was to provide Roaring Fork Valley residents with an easy, quick way to get to Denver during the week, for shopping, doctor’s appointments, and other business.

Now Bustang will offer one round trip on Saturdays and Sundays, departing Glenwood Springs in the morning and returning later in the day.

CDOT says there’s been strong public demand for more service along the I-70 corridor. The agency has also tweaked its return trip from Denver. Buses now leave a little earlier, at 5:15pm. The price for a one way ticket will continue to be $28.

The cost of the service to Glenwood Springs so far has been more than $1.5 million. It’s estimated to cost another approximately $500.000 to run the I-70 service through next November

Bustang is Colorado’s first state-owned and operated bus service, and includes a line along I-25, from Colorado Springs to Fort Collins. On Thursday, state transportation officials approved adding more busses to the statewide fleet, which could be used to expand I-70 service down to Grand Junction.