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Bustang expands mountain bus service between Vail, Denver

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DENVER – The Colorado Department of Transportation is increasing its bus service on the Interstate 70 mountain corridor. Beginning Sunday, Bustang add a second bus between Vail and Denver. The original route starts in Glenwood Springs and stops in Eagle on its way to Denver.

Since beginning operations in July 2015, Bustang has exceeded ridership, revenue and fare box recovery projections.

Colorado Department of Transportation Director of Transit and Rail Mark Imhoff said overflow and increased demand along the West Line through the mountains prompted the decision to offer second bus to the west route.

"From the beginning, we've taken a step-by-step approach to Bustang, expanding schedules and service as demand dictates. Our mountain residents are asking for more options, and the ridership supports that. We've seen a 103 percent increase between Vail, Frisco and Denver in the past 12 months."

Daily round-trip service will depart from Vail at 7:05 a.m., returning at 5:30 p.m. "The Vail-Denver schedule goes against the flow of mountain recreation traffic to efficiently transport folks back and forth to Denver for access to services," Colorado Department of Transportation Bus Operations Manager Michael Timlin sad. "Likewise, people looking for alternative transportation to the mountains now have another option."

Westbound, Eastbound Schedules

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Here's the eastbound schedule for the Vail-to-Denver leg of the service which runs Sunday through Saturday:

• Departs Vail at 7:05 a.m., with stops at Frisco (transfer center), Lakewood — Denver Federal Center, and Denver Union Station. Arrives at the Denver bus station at 9:30 a.m.

The westbound schedule is:

• Departs Denver at 2:35 p.m., with stops at Denver Union Station, Lakewood — Denver Federal Center, and Frisco (transfer center). Arrives in Vail at 5:20 p.m.

The original bus on the western route leaves Glenwood Springs at 7:05 a.m., with stops in Eagle at 8:05 a.m. and Vail at 8:40 a.m. The return trip arrives in Vail at 8 p.m., Eagle at 8:35 p.m. and Glenwood Springs at 9:20 p.m.

Bustang also provides service from Fort Collins to Denver, and Colorado Springs to Denver. Bustang's climate controlled coaches are equipped with WiFi access, USB outlets, bike racks and restrooms.

For more information, go to http://www.ride bustang.com.