First flight for Pegasus this weekend

News Release

May 27, 2022 - Central/Eastern Colorado/Northwestern Colorado - Governor joins CDOT to launch newest member of Bustang family

Pegasus logoDenver – People now have another option for travel along the Interstate 70 mountain corridor with the introduction of Pegasus, the Colorado Department of Transportation’s new express shuttle that begins providing passenger service on Friday, May 27.

Pegasus will depart year-round from Denver’s Union Station, with stops at the Denver Federal Center in Lakewood, Idaho Springs, Frisco, Vail, and Avon.

Gov. Jared Polis joined CDOT and other transit partners for the unveiling of the Pegasus shuttle today at Union Station.

“We are continuing to save people time and money with more ways to get to and from the mountains. We are launching Pegasus to reduce traffic, help save Coloradans and visitors money on travel, and more easily explore our beautiful state,” said Gov. Polis.

CDOT is launching Pegasus to coincide with Memorial Day Weekend and the traditional start of the summer travel season. The service will have hourly departures from sunrise to sunset.

“In addition to helping to alleviate traffic congestion during peak travel times, we initiated Pegasus so that passengers could connect to local transit providers at each stop,” said CDOT Executive Director Shoshana Lew. “In addition to complementing the existing Bustang coach service, Pegasus can utilize the express lanes on weekends, when traffic nearly doubles. In turn, we’ll have fewer cars in the regular lanes to improve the flow of traffic and that’ll help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

A Pegasus shuttle seats up to 11 people, is wheelchair accessible, and equipped with USB ports, power outlets, and Wi-Fi. Each vehicle also has luggage storage, bike racks and ski/snowboard containers.

“One fully-booked Pegasus shuttle is the equivalent of removing six two-person vehicles from the road,” said CDOT Division of Transit and Rail Director Amber Blake. “Multiply that by dozens of Pegasus trips each weekend and we can double our part in mitigating congestion, and help make the drive to the mountains safer and more enjoyable. Moreover, this service aligns with our mission of improving transit options and integrating transit into Colorado's Transportation System.”

Rates

STOP Idaho Springs Frisco Vail Avon
Union Station $6 $13 $20 $20
Federal Center $6 $13 $20 $20
Idaho Springs $8 $13 $13
Frisco $6 $6

Discounted rates for senior/disabled and children 2-11 years

More information on Pegasus routes, maps, schedules, tickets and more is at ridebustang.com/pegasus. Follow service alerts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at @RideBustang. Tickets also can be purchased through the Bustang mobile app available from Google Play and the App Store.

Although COVID-19 restrictions have been removed, some public safety measures remain, including:

  • Face masks required for drivers; strongly recommended for passengers but not mandatory
  • Additional personal protective equipment issued for drivers
  • Hand sanitizer wipes offered to passengers when boarding the van
  • Vans cleaned and disinfected upon completion of each route and after completion of each day’s routes, including all seats, safety belt buckles, head rests (front and back) and armrests

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

Statements of Support

Margaret Bowes, Director, I-70 Coalition

“CDOT’s investment in mountain transit is a critical component in reducing congestion on the I-70 corridor. Pegasus will offer frequent and convenient weekend transit service to travelers and mountain residents alike.”

Randy Wheelock, Clear Creek County Commissioner

"Whether addressing local air quality or climate change, or addressing both local and state mobility needs, we must transform how we use our roads. Pegasus has the potential to be that transformational catalyst, helping us want to change how we travel and building ridership for a more thoughtful transportation future."

Matt Scherr, Eagle County Commissioner

“Eagle County is thrilled to see this giant step to more convenient, affordable, and accessible mobility solutions for everyone using the I-70 corridor!”

Tamara Pogue, Summit County Commissioner

“Transportation is a lifeline for our mountain communities. Pegasus will help solve the issue of congestion that impacts Summit County and support our local economies by connecting travelers to our local transit service, Summit Stage.”

Tim Wolfe, Director of Colorado Tourism Office

"The Colorado Tourism Office is glad to see this new transportation option available to help with the I-70 corridor during peak travel times. Low impact options such as Pegasus help reinforce our sustainable tourism initiatives and messaging.”