Western Slope Nonprofit Launches Durango-Grand Junction Bus Service
A new bus service run by a Colorado nonprofit will start offering rides to people in the western part of the state Tuesday.
Greyhound had a route that ran from Durango to Grand Junction, but the company ended the line about three years ago.
The Southern Ute Community Action Programs decided to resurrect the line with support of the state.
"Road Runner Stage Lines will operate daily service starting in Durango and the other towns along the route are from south to north Mancos, Cortez, Dolores, Rico, Telluride, Placerville, Ridgway, Montrose and Delta," said Peter Tregillus, the programs developer for SUCAP.
Tregillus said the bus will make one round trip a day and a one-way ticket costs $40, but the price is pro-rated based on your destination. Seniors over 55 and students can get a 10 percent discount.
"For instance, if you are going from say Montrose to Telluride that would be $22," he said.
SUCAP estimated the program will cost it $400,000 a year to operate.
"The purpose of this is to make sure that people in the rural areas have ground transportation connection alternatives besides airfare and driving your own car," Tregillis said."That means you can hook up to the rest of the national Greyhound system. You can get to Denver [or to] Las Vegas...or any other place across the country."
He said SUCAP is working on a website where people can purchase tickets and expects it to be online in the coming weeks.
For now people can find fare information and a schedule at sucap.org.