Pegasus Makes I-70 Travel Easy

Pegasus is allowing people another option for travel along the Interstate 70 mountain corridor

The Colorado Department of Transportation’s new express shuttle, Pegasus, little brother to CDOT’s Bustang, began providing passenger service on Friday, May 27 with year-round departures 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 in an effort to reduce traffic, air pollution while helping everyone with their budgets.

“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.

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.   

“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.”

 

The service will have hourly departures from sunrise to sunset along its East and West routes. This is a fantastic way to get to Denver and surrounding neighborhoods from our mountain town communities. Jump on Pegasus and connect with an RTD Lightrail or Bus. Heading to DIA? This is certainly a convenient way to get to your gate.

“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.”

FARES – June 2022

STOPIDAHO SPRINGSFRISCOVAILAVON
Union Station$6$13$20$20
Federal Center$6$13$20$20
Idaho Springs$8$13$13
Frisco$6$6

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

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.  

It is encouraging to see more steps taken to encourage mass transportation. For more information on Pegasus routes, maps, schedules, tickets and more is at : www.ridebustang.com/pegasus

~MTM

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