Bustang adds roundtrip service to Fort Collins & Vail

May 31, 2019 -

DENVER – Two more Bustang routes are serving the Interstate 25 north and I-70 west corridors again, just in time for the summer travel season. 

The Colorado Department of Transportation has added a late morning run from Fort Collins to Denver and an early morning run from Vail to Denver, with return trips in the afternoon.  Both routes were temporarily suspended in late 2018 due to a lack of qualified drivers with a valid Commercial Driver’s License.

“Fortunately, our contractor was able to hire additional CDL drivers, allowing us to bring both these trips back into service,” said CDOT’s Bustang Operations Manager Mike Timlin.  “Even though, at the time, we lacked the personnel to keep running at full service, we knew we’d resume both of these popular routes when we had enough qualified drivers in place.  We’re glad to have both up and running again, especially in advance of the upcoming summer season.”

The schedule for the added routes:

NORTH LINE – Southbound (Monday-Friday)         

Fort Collins (Downtown Transit Center)        10:30 a.m. (Depart)

Harmony Road                                                10:50 a.m. (Depart)

Loveland (U.S. 34 & I-25)                               11:08 a.m. (Depart)

Denver Union Station                                      11:50 a.m. (Depart)

Denver Bus Center (1055 19th Street)            12:05 p.m. (Arrive)


NORTH LINE - Northbound (Monday-Friday)

Denver Union Station                                      1:25 p.m. (Depart)

Loveland (U.S. 34 & I-25)                               2:15 p.m. (Depart)

Harmony Road                                                2:30 p.m. (Depart)

Fort Collins (Downtown Transit Center)        2:50 p.m. (Arrive)


WEST LINE – Eastbound (Monday-Sunday)

Vail (Vail Transportation Center)                  6:00 a.m. (Depart)

Frisco (Frisco Transfer Center)                      6:40 a.m. (Depart)

Idaho Springs (13th St. b/w Idaho & Milner) 7:35 a.m. (Depart)

Lakewood (Denver Federal Center/RTD)      8:15 a.m. (Depart)

Denver Union Station                                      8:35 a.m. (Depart)

Denver Bus Center                                          8:45 a.m. (Arrive)


WEST LINE – Westbound (Monday-Sunday)

Denver Bus Center                                          2:45 p.m. (Depart)

Denver Union Station                                      3:00 p.m. (Depart)

Lakewood (Denver Federal Center/RTD)      3:25 p.m. (Depart)

Idaho Springs (Idaho & 13th St.)                     4:30 p.m. (Depart)

Frisco (Frisco Transfer Center)                      5:05 p.m. (Depart)

Vail (Vail Transportation Center)                  5:45 p.m. (Arrive)


Ace Express Coaches of Golden contracts with CDOT to operate Bustang.  

For more information, including route schedules and fares, and to purchase tickets, visit www.ridebustang.com or download the Bustang mobile app, JustRideBustang, for iOS or Android.


Using alternative transportation modes such as Bustang can help enhance safety by reducing the number of vehicles on Colorado’s highways.  To heighten safety awareness, CDOT recently announced its Whole System - Whole Safety initiative. This project takes a systematic statewide approach to safety combining the benefits of CDOT’s programs that address human factors, physical assets and organizational culture to better support real time operations. The goal is to improve the safety of Colorado’s transportation network by reducing the rate and severity of crashes and improving safety conditions for those traveling by all transportation modes. The program has one simple mission - to get everyone home safely.


CDOT has approximately 3,000 employees at its Denver headquarters and in regional offices throughout Colorado, and manages more than 23,000 lane miles of highway and 3,429 bridges. CDOT also manages grant partnerships with a range of other agencies including metropolitan planning organizations, local governments, and airports, and administers Bustang, the state-owned and operated interregional express service. Gov. Jared Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state's intermodal mobility options.