CDOT Expands I-70 Bustang® Interregional Express Bus Service

September 7, 2016 - Denver Metro Colorado/CDOT Region 1, Northwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 3 - The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is increasing its bus service on the Interstate 70 mountain corridor.

Beginning on Sunday, September 11,Bustang® will begin providing more options and flexibility for travelers by offering supplemental service between Vail and Denver. 

Expanding the west Bustang line reflects CDOT’s continued effort to connect Coloradans to major population and employment centers and local transit providers.  Since beginning operations in July 2015, Bustang has exceeded ridership, revenue and fare box recovery projections.

CDOT Director of Transit and Rail Mark Imhoff explains that overflow and increased demand along the West Line through the mountains prompted CDOT’s decision to offer a supplement service. “From the beginning, we’ve taken a step-by-step approach to Bustang, expanding schedules and service as demand dictates.  Our mountain residents are asking for more options, and the ridership supports that. We’ve seen a 103 percent increase between Vail, Frisco and Denver in the past 12 months.”

Daily round-trip service will depart from Vail at 7:05 a.m., returning at 5:30 p.m. “The Vail-Denver schedule goes against the flow of mountain recreation traffic to efficiently transport folks back and forth to Denver for access to services,” adds CDOT Bus Operations Manager Michael Timlin. “And likewise, people looking for alternative transportation to the mountains now have another option.”

West Line: Vail-Denver Service

Eastbound Schedule (Sunday through Saturday)

Departs Vail at 7:05 a.m., with stops at Frisco (transfer center), Lakewood – Denver Federal Center, and Denver Union Station. Arrives at the Denver Bus Station at 9:30 a.m.

Westbound Schedule (Sunday through Saturday)

Departs Denver at 2:35 p.m., with stops at Denver Union Station, Lakewood – Denver Federal Center, and Frisco (transfer center). Arrives in Vail at 5:20 p.m.

Bustang will continue to offer its current service between Glenwood Springs and Denver, along with Fort Collins and Denver, and Colorado Springs and Denver. Bustang’s climate controlled coaches are equipped with WiFi access, USB outlets, bike racks and restrooms.

Bustang helps further CDOT’s multi-modal mission and fulfills a key responsibility to alleviate congestion and offer more travel choices for longer-distance commuters on the state’s major corridors. For more information and a closer look at this new era of transportation, please visit


Experiential ride-along:

Complimentary rides aboard Bustang are available for each route. Please contact Christine Carter at (303) 832-2700 or for more information.