Bustang, courtesy CDOT

Bustang, courtesy CDOT

A new Colorado bus service dubbed Bustang began this week. Run by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), the service connects six local transit systems to one another, as Randy Wyrick writes for SummitDaily. And that is only the start, as CDOT seeks to connect “as many [systems] as possible,” Amy Ford, CDOT communications director, told SummitDaily.

The service provides bus transportation on weekdays only, to connect areas of large populations, employment centers, and local transit services along the 1-25 front range, and I-70 mountain corridors, CDOT writes. CDOT created the service to provide an affordable and comfortable alternative to commuting in traffic, CDOT writes in a press release.

Bustang route map, courtesy CDOT

Bustang route map, courtesy CDOT

On its Bustang page, CDOT writes to the public about Bustang: “Save money, reduce stress and spend less time sitting in traffic, burning up gas and banging your head against the steering wheel.” Among the many advantages it offers to riders is safety. “[I]t’s much safer (than driving),” Tara Neckel, a passenger who rode the bus from Fort Collins to Denver, told Katie de la Rosa, who wrote about Bustang for Coloradan.

Wyrick writes about how the bus got its name. Ford told him: “We wanted the service to be memorable, and the mustang is part of Colorado, the Broncos, even the blue mustang at DIA.” She added that CDOT hopes that people will make the bus’s name into a verb: “We want people to Bustang into Denver and around Colorado,” she said.

There are some other clever things about Bustang buses, as Wyrick writes. Their color scheme is black and purple, “as in Purple Mountains Majesty, which we have in abundance out here in the West, home of the individual and other endangered species,” Wyrick writes. And CDOT’s Mark Imhoff, who was on hand at Bustang’s kickoff on Monday, wore a purple Bustang shirt and Panama hat, and gave a sparkling grape juice toast to the new service, Wyrick reports.

The buses are equipped with many features, Wyrick writes:

‘If you’re in the mood to expand culturally with a couple hours watching Looney Tunes cartoons while you’re riding, there’s free wifi, 110 volt outlets and USB ports. Work if you feel you must, but cartoons are a better use of your time.

‘They even have tray tables to help you sit up straight, instead of hunched over with your screen in your lap.

‘They’re over-the-road coaches, so they have restrooms. They have video screens where you can watch a safety video, or anything else you can get the drivers to play.

‘Not only is there a spot for you, there’s a spot for your bicycle.’

The Bustang service will have 13 buses in rotation on each of its three major service routes, which connect Fort Collins, Denver, and Colorado Springs along the I-25 corridor, and Glenwood Springs and Denver on the I-70 mountain corridor, CDOT writes. The service will stop at existing park-and-ride locations along each route, CDOT writes.

Each bus has a 50-passenger capacity, and is handicap accessible. The buses have seat belts that allow for child car seats to be strapped in, CDOT writes. Each bus has a wheelchair lift and two wheelchair tie-down areas. And exterior storage bins have room for strollers and other equipment that passengers might have.

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