Free rides and more on ECO Transit, November 13 – 17 |

Free rides and more on ECO Transit, November 13 – 17

Daily Staff Report

From November 13 through 17, ECO Transit will host the fifth annual Try Transit Week. Join us for a week of fare free riding on all ECO buses and plenty of fun and support from the local media. The purpose of Try Transit Week is to entice residents and seasonal workers to give ECO Transit a try.

“We have outstanding customer ratings in all aspects of our service, such as safe and courteous drivers, cleanliness of buses, reliability, and comfort while riding,” says ECO Transit Director Harry Taylor. “If we can get people to ride once during Try Transit Week, we think they’ll become regular riders, and that benefits everyone.”

Radio station KTUN the Eagle is offering daily prize drawings, including a group horseback ride for four at GGG Outfitters in Wolcott. KTUN also sponsors the annual ECO Transit Passenger of the Year, a selection made exclusively by ECO Transit drivers.

Passenger of the Year is someone who is courteous to drivers and passengers, and someone who makes the ride enjoyable for everyone. This year, that passenger is Alan Desjardins. KTUN has awarded him a five-day trip to Las Vegas.

KZYR will be broadcasting live from the Vail Transportation Center on Monday, Nov. 13, the kickoff for Try Transit Week. On Wednesday, Tony Mauro and his son, Alec will board the bus in Avon and ride to Vail Transportation Center, broadcasting live all the way.

On Thursday, people can get a taste of ECO Transit bus culture by listening to KZYR’s “It happened on the ECO Bus” story contest. Contest winner Brandy Ringgard details the joys of maternity”on the ECO bus. Ringgard has won a weekend getaway to the Hotel Monaco in Denver, courtesy of KZYR.

All unlimited-ride pass holders can receive a complimentary cup of coffee during Try Transit Week at various coffee shops and restaurants throughout the county.

Participating locations include Red Canyon Cafe, Zach’s Deli, Grateful Gourmet, Avon Bakery and Deli, Crossroads Market, Harry’s Bump and Grind, Loaded Joe’s and The Smiling Moose. For those who don’t have a pass and want to take advantage of the free coffee, ECO Transit will be handing out free passes during Try Transit Week. Pick one up for yourself and for a friend.

There is one catch: they expire Friday, Nov. 17, at the end of the event.

“We’re always looking for new ways to promote ECO Transit, and this event has always been a winner,” says Taylor. “We get compliments from passengers and we get great support from the media. It’s fun and worth the investment.” For more information on Try Transit Week, visit

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