New shuttle service connects patients to medical providers |

New shuttle service connects patients to medical providers

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EAGLE COUNTY — Through a partnership between Eagle, Garfield, Pitkin and Mesa counties, qualified veterans and disabled and elderly residents now have accessible transportation to services in neighboring counties via the GEM Connector Shuttle Service.

The service connects Eagle, Pitkin and Garfield counties to Mesa County twice per month and drops off locations including Valley View Hospital and the Veterans Administration Clinic in Glenwood Springs, St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, Grand Junction Community Hospital and the Grand Junction Veterans Administration Hospital.

Closing ‘Service Gap’

“We are thrilled to close a service gap for our disabled, elderly and veteran residents,” said Chris Lubbers, executive director for ECO Transit. “This multi-agency collaboration included Eagle County, Roaring Fork Transit Authority, Grand Valley Transit, Northwest Colorado Council of Governments and the Colorado Department of Transportation.”

The GEM Connector Shuttle Service will operate year-round on every second and fourth Thursday of the month. It departs the Gypsum Park and Ride in Eagle County at 7:15 a.m. and continues to the West Glenwood Park and Ride, then to Rifle and New Castle as needed with the final stops in Mesa County.

Pitkin County residents are able to access the GEM Connector through VelociRFTA or the RFTA paratransit services.

Who is Eligible

To qualify and schedule a ride on the GEM Connector Shuttle Service, residents must contact their local transit agency or county veterans service officer.

Eligibility determination could take up to five days.

For ECO Transit

For ECO Transit, call 970-328-3520. In Garfield and Pitkin Counties, call 970-945-9117. In western Garfield County, call 970-625-1366. In Mesa County, call 970-256-7433.

For Veterans Services

For veterans services in Eagle County, contact Pat Hammon, 970-328-9674 or

A 48-hour advance reservation is required with the local transit agency and the cost for a trip is a suggested donation of $20.

Those enrolled in Medicaid or who are seeking additional transportation resources are asked to contact Mountain Ride at 844-686-7433 or by visiting

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