Bustang for summer travel season

News Release

June 27, 2024 - Colorado - Enhancements include expanded service, new coaches, new stops, and seasonal offers to improve the passenger travel experience

Statewide — With the high traffic season underway, the Colorado Department of Transportation is enhancing its Bustang service, providing additional travel options and improving the passenger experience.

“We continually invest in our public transportation services to make it as convenient as possible for residents and visitors alike to get around the state,” said CDOT’s Director of the Division of Transit and Rail, Paul DesRocher. “Timed for the summer travel season, we have added trips to our most popular lines, introduced new coaches to the fleet, resumed our Estes Park service, and have special Pegasus shuttle van ticket offers throughout the summer to make it easier for people to enjoy the best of what Colorado has to offer.”

2024 Summer Travel Enhancements

Service Expansion: CDOT is expanding three of its most popular Bustang routes with four additional trips on the West Line between Denver and Glenwood Springs, two additional trips on the South Line between Denver and Colorado Springs, and one additional trip on the North Line between Denver and Fort Collins. CDOT also has adjusted the timing on its North Line holiday and weekend schedules for added convenience.

New Coaches: CDOT is introducing 25 new coaches to its Bustang fleet. The investment underscores CDOT’s commitment to providing safe, reliable, and comfortable transportation alternatives. All Bustang coaches are equipped with a restroom, bike racks, Wi-Fi, power outlets, and USB ports, as well as gear storage under the coach—perfect for family travel and adventure enthusiasts.

Seasonal Service: The Bustang to Estes seasonal service is back this summer, making two roundtrips on Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day - between Denver Union Station, Estes Park, and Rocky Mountain National Park. This year’s schedule includes two new stops in the Boulder area to accommodate travelers.

Pegasus Ticket Offers: The Pegasus shuttle van offers year-round daily express service to/from the mountains originating at Denver’s Union Station, great for single riders and couples, and for day trips. Summer promos include 25% off tickets for travel July 13–31 with promo code JULY25. Pegasus utilizes the I-70 Express Lanes at no additional cost.

In addition, Bustang Outrider provide service to several of the state’s rural locations and convenient connections to all Bustang routes. Outrider currently serves seven routes: Gunnison-Denver, Durango-Grand Junction, Craig-Denver, Lamar-Colorado Springs, Trinidad-Pueblo, Alamosa-Pueblo, and Sterling-Greeley/Sterling-Denver.

Schedules and tickets are available at RideBustang.com

The Bustang family provides statewide public transit service to help improve connectivity, alleviate traffic congestion, and improve air quality.

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Statements of Support

Margaret Bowes, Director, I-70 Coalition
"Demand for public transportation between Denver and mountain communities continues to grow. The I-70 Coalition is pleased that CDOT has expanded Bustang service on the West Line to include an additional daily route.”

Anna Russo, Public Engagement Specialist, Transport & Parking Services (Fort Collins)
“Transfort is excited for the new Bustang North Line schedule changes offering our passengers more convenient weekend travel options. Day trips to Denver or a weekend getaway will be easier than ever without worrying about driving. We are grateful for our partnership with Bustang and look forward to continued collaboration.”

Mayor Gary Hall,Town of Estes Park
“The return of the Bustang to Estes service signals the start of the summer season in the Town of Estes Park! Our mission-aligned partnership with CDOT helps us advance our transit goals to enhance the experience of accessing downtown for both locals and visitors. It helps us improve the multimodal transportation options to provide convenient alternatives for those who choose not to drive and park and identify cost-effective options to meet future parking and access needs in a way that promotes continued economic vitality for the Town. Welcome back, Bustang!”

The new Bustang coach
One of 25 new Bustang's coaches parked in front of the CDOT Headquarters building in downtown Denver.