Tired of I-70 traffic? ‘Break Up with Your Car’ Campaign Highlights the Benefits of Taking Public Transit to Colorado’s High Country
STATEWIDE – Love may be in the air, but it’s time to break up with your car. At least when it comes to traveling the I-70 mountain corridor, that is.
It’s no secret that people want to spend more time in the mountains and less time stuck in their car on I-70. Traffic delays, road closures and dangerous winter conditions can make driving difficult. With limited options for reducing corridor congestion, the I-70 Coalition, a nonprofit representing 27 local businesses and municipalities along Colorado’s I-70 mountain corridor, is empowering people to be part of the solution. by embracing mountain transportation options – saving the time, money and stress of those I-70 jams in the process. Breaking up with your car can be heartbreaking, but mountain public transit is here for a smooth rebound.
The I-70 Coalition’s “Break Up with Your Car” campaign aims to increase transit ridership between the Front Range and the mountains through increased awareness of transit options. Visit GoI70.com/transit for more information on all these public transport services available.
“Transit options to and from the mountains have been overlooked, but we are working to change that,” said Margaret Bowes, director of the I-70 Coalition. “With a little planning, you can easily and affordably get from Denver to the mountains using public transit seven days a week.”
By doing so, you will not only recoup your time by letting someone else drive, but you will also be part of the solution to help reduce traffic congestion, delays and carbon emissions. In 2021, approximately 12.6 million drivers used the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnel, representing an 11% increase from 11.3 million travelers in 2020. In January 2022, approximately 1.1 million motorists took it, against 863,388 last year.
As tourism returns to pre-pandemic levels and Colorado welcomes more transplants, using public transit is also a great option for those who don’t feel comfortable or confident. on Colorado’s mountain highways.
With the upcoming Presidents’ Day holiday expected to result in heavy ski traffic and delays along I-70, the I-70 Coalition invites Front Range Colorans to fall in love with one of the many options for public transport listed on GoI70.com/transit:
Bustang (west line)
Seven-day bus service to/from Denver – stops include Denver Union Station, Lakewood-Denver Federal Center, Idaho Springs, Frisco, Vail, Avon, Eagle and points further west to Grand Junction. Each bus is ADA compliant and equipped with restrooms, bike racks, free Wi-Fi, power outlets, and USB ports.
Cost: $17 one way from Denver to Vail, less for closer destinations.
Direct bus service to the resort from Denver Union Station and the Lakewood-Denver Federal Center to Loveland, Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain and Steamboat Springs on Saturdays, Sundays and holiday Mondays. Each bus is ADA compliant and equipped with restrooms, free Wi-Fi, power outlets, and USB ports.
Cost: Starting at $25 round trip. Children from 2 to 11 years old travel free with an adult. The Buy One Get One Free promotion is in play on all adult tickets through February 27.
Outrider (Craig-Denver Highway)
Outrider’s bus service operates seven days a week between Craig and Denver – stops include Steamboat Springs, Granby, Fraser, Winter Park, Idaho Springs, Lakewood-Denver Federal Center and Denver Union Station. Each bus is ADA compliant and equipped with restrooms, free Wi-Fi, power outlets, and USB ports.
Cost: $5 to $28 depending on destination.
Express Winter Park
Seasonal train between Denver Union Station and the base of Winter Park Resort on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from January to April.
Cost: Fares start at $29 and $14.50 for children (one way)
Pegasus (coming spring 2022)
Shuttle service offering approximate hourly service and reserved seating between Denver and Avon – stops include Denver Union Station, Lakewood-Denver Federal Center, Idaho Springs, Frisco, Vail and Avon on Friday afternoons, Saturdays, Sundays and holiday Mondays . Pegasus will use the Mountain Express Lanes when they are open for a faster ride. Each van is ADA compliant and equipped with bike racks, ski/snowboard containers, free Wi-Fi, and power outlets.
Cost: $20 one way from Denver to Avon, less for closer destinations.
Once at your destination, there are a variety of ways to get around the mountain towns – including the Summit Stage serving all of Summit County, Breck Free Ride in Breckenridge, ECO Transit in the Vail Valley, The Lift in Winter Park and continued. Uber and Lyft also operate in many mountain communities.
There are also more than a dozen shuttle services from Denver International Airport to mountain communities for out-of-state travelers.
“Mountain public transit is much more accessible than people realize and there’s a lot to be said for the convenience and cost savings of not driving,” Bowes said. “It’s really a win-win for everyone.”
About the I-70 Coalition
The I-70 Coalition is a nonprofit organization representing 27 local governments and businesses along Colorado’s I-70 Central Mountain Corridor that serves as a collective voice to address transportation issues along the corridor. The Coalition advocates for improvements and aims to improve public accessibility in the I-70 Mountain Corridor. Learn more about I70Solutions.org. and follow @GoI70 on Facebook, @goI70 on Twitter and @goi70_co on Instagram.