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CDOT & Colorado College Partnering for Bustang

February 26, 2020 - Southeastern Colorado

COLORADO SPRINGS - The Colorado Department of Transportation and the Colorado College Student Government Association are offering Bustang tickets to Colorado College students. As part of this collaboration, CCSGA will purchase Bustang tickets at bulk discounted rates, and those tickets will be free to CC students with their college ID card.

“CCSGA is thrilled to announce this partnership to provide free access to students to regional public transportation,” said Student Body President Ethan Greenberg. “The Bustang system provides a unique statewide service with crucial transportation options for students.”

Ace Express of Golden operates Bustang for CDOT and is coordinating the bulk ticket purchases. 

Bustang connects major population and employment centers and local transit entities.  Coaches are climate controlled, equipped with WiFi access, bicycle storage, a restroom, USB outlets, power outlets, comfortable seats, and have wheelchair access.

“This will provide CC students with another means to travel home if they’re from other areas of the state, like the northern Front Range and the Grand Junction area,” said Bustang Operations Manager Michael Timlin.  “In addition, if a CC student needs to travel south, they can connect with Bustang Outrider to connect with Pueblo and other areas of southeast and south-central Colorado.” 

Providing free access to public transportation for students has long been a priority for CCSGA. In 2017, CCSGA allocated student activity funds towards the College Pass Program, which allows CC students to ride free with their ID card on the Mountain Metro system that serves the Pikes Peak region. As Student Body President Ethan Greenberg notes, “Bustang represents the next step in CCSGA’s work towards providing students access to public transit. We hope that this partnership both helps the students who already ride the Bustang reduce their costs and the students who would otherwise drive or simply not travel.”

The spring academic semester will be treated as a pilot to gauge ridership and times of use.

 

Media contacts:

CCSGA

Ethan Greenberg, Student Body President, 720-838-5571, [email protected]

Ian Roberson, VP Internal Affairs, 617-543-6505, [email protected]

CDOT

Bob Wilson, Statewide Communications Manager, 303-757-9431 [email protected]

CCSGA is the representative body for students at Colorado College. Funded by student activity fees, CCSGA is comprised of members democratically elected by the Colorado College student body. In addition to serving as a source of support for student organizations and events, CCSGA is also a forum for cooperative action and provides a voice calling for progress. CCSGA is dedicated to the improvement of Colorado College and is driven by the passion and determination of its students.

CDOT has approximately 3,000 employees 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.  

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