CDOT Wants Public Input On Programs Like Its Interregional Bus Service

May 23, 2014

The map shows CDOT's planned route for its interregional bus service set to launch in early 2015.

The Colorado Department of Transportation is holding an open house in Grand Junction on Wednesday. 

CDOT said the purpose of the meeting is to get feedback on how to improve local and regional transit. The  information from the meeting will be included in the department’s statewide transit plan, according to CDOT. 

One of agency’s newer programs, set to launch early next year, is a bus service to connect the Front Range to the Western Slope.

CDOT has ordered 13 tour-style buses equipped with WI-FI, restrooms and bike racks.

The program has a price tag of $10 million for its first year of operation. 

Dan Wilson, a CDOT spokesman, said the service will connect Denver to the 1-70 Mountain Corridor with stops in Frisco, Vail, Eagle and Glenwood Springs.

“There’s also a possibility...down the road that we would have the system connecting the other areas of western Colorado and that would include Grand Junction," Wilson said. "Ultimately the goal is to have a transit system that connects all of the state.”

The service is also set to run from Denver to Fort Collins and from Denver to Colorado Springs. Fare is estimated to cost about 17 cents a mile, according to CDOT. 

The open house is an opportunity for people to ask question or provide feedback to the agency on projects and programs such as its interregional bus service, Wilson said.

The meeting is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. at the Grand Valley Transit Operations Building in Grand Junction.