Pegasus and Bustang transit services offer half-price tickets

Colorado’s Bustang and Pegasus regional transit services will offer half-price tickets through Labor Day in an effort to help boost ridership, state officials said Wednesday.

Discounts are available now at Pegasus, the Colorado Department of Transportation’s new weekend van-based mountain shuttle service between Denver’s Union Station and Avon. Half-price tickets for the Bustang and Bustang Outrider routes across the state will begin July 1.

Launched at the end of May, Pegasus aims to attract recreational users and day-trippers. Vans run almost hourly in each direction Friday through Sunday, with Thursday service westbound and Monday service eastbound.

Fares from Denver to Frisco are normally $13 one way, and the cost is $20 for a trip to Vail and Avon. Vans also stop at the Federal Center in Lakewood and Idaho Springs. A 50% off promotion that was set to expire at the end of June will now run until September 5.

“Since its launch, we have been encouraged by the increase in ridership each weekend,” CDOT CEO Shoshana Lew said in a press release. “With the increase in passenger numbers, we thought it best to give people the opportunity to assess the service for themselves throughout the summer and that’s a good incentive.”

CDOT’s longer Bustang and Bustang Outrider routes across the state are still recovering from pandemic travel declines, with some routes seeing faster returns to normal. CDOT plans to rapidly increase service on its mainlines out of Denver over the next few years.

One-way fares for all three routes from Union Station are typically $10 to Fort Collins, $12 to Colorado Springs, and $43 to Grand Junction, with cheaper fares to closer destinations. The new promotion starting in July will cut them in half.

On line Reservations are required for Pegasus. Tickets and timetables for all public transport services are available at www.ridebustang.com.

Melvin Z. Madore