Bustang plans stops in Idaho Springs

 

Trips from Clear Creek to Denver will cost $5 starting in January

By Ian Neligh

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 9:32 am

CDOT’s Bustang commuter bus will make stops in Idaho Springs starting Jan. 22.

The eastbound trips are scheduled to stop in Idaho Springs at 8:15 and 10 a.m. on the way to Denver Union Station. The westbound route will arrive in Idaho Springs at 4:10 p.m. and 6:50 p.m. Tickets will cost $5 for a one-way Denver-Idaho Springs trip.

Michael Timlin, bus operations manager for the Colorado Department of Transportation’s division of transit and rail, said details are being finalized on where the bus will pick up and drop off passengers.

“We haven’t figured out where we’re going to do that yet,” Timlin said. “We’re still working with the town on where that’s going to be.”

The Bustang’s Interstate 70 route currently stops in Eagle, Vail, Frisco and Lakewood on its daily round trips from Glenwood Springs to Denver. A new route being added in 2017 will run between Denver and Vail.

On Dec. 5, the county will begin its own localized bus service, which is an essential ingredient for the Bustang.

“I applaud CDOT’s decision and very much look forward to a Bustang operating in our community,” County Commissioner Mauck said. “I think it puts us on par with a very important amenity that other communities have, and I think this also kind of demonstrates (that) when we’re able to work together with CDOT, I think we can accomplish some very big things with this community.”

Idaho Springs Mayor Mike Hillman echoed Mauck’s sentiments, saying the city has worked to get a Bustang stop since CDOT buses started traveling the I-70 corridor. Hillman said he and Mauck took every opportunity to bring up the issue with CDOT and to explain its importance.

“We’re looking forward to it. I think it is going to be great for us,” Hillman said. “It is going to help some folks get down to the Denver metro area to get some things done. … If they didn’t have transportation, this will help them get there.”

In August, Mauck had expressed frustration with CDOT’s original plan to add Bustang routes while still bypassing the county.

The state launched the Bustang service in July 2015. The commuter bus runs on I-70 and on I-25, from Colorado Springs to Fort Collins.