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The Colorado Department of Transportation launched a new express shuttle bus on May 27 dubbed “Pegasus” to provide passenger service along the I-70 mountain corridor.

[Above photo by the Colorado DOT]

The agency said Pegasus shuttle buses would depart hourly, from sunrise to sunset, year-round from Denver’s Union Station, with stops at the Denver Federal Center in Lakewood, Idaho Springs, Frisco, Vail, and Avon.

Image via Colorado DOT

A Pegasus shuttle bus seats up to 11 people, is wheelchair accessible, and equipped with USB ports, power outlets, and Wi-Fi. Each vehicle also has luggage storage, bike racks and ski/snowboard containers, the Colorado DOT said.

“We are continuing to save people time and money with more ways to get to and from the mountains,” noted Governor Jared Polis (D) in a statement. “We are launching Pegasus to reduce traffic, help save Coloradans and visitors money on travel, and more easily explore our beautiful state.”

“In addition to helping to alleviate traffic congestion during peak travel times, we initiated Pegasus so that passengers could connect to local transit providers at each stop,” said Shoshana Lew, Colorado DOT’s executive director.

Shoshana Lew. Photo by the Colorado DOT.

“In addition to complementing the existing Bustang coach service, Pegasus can utilize the express lanes on weekends, when traffic nearly doubles,” she added. “In turn, we’ll have fewer cars in the regular lanes to improve the flow of traffic and that’ll help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

“One fully-booked Pegasus shuttle is the equivalent of removing six two-person vehicles from the road,” noted Amber Blake, director of the Colorado DOT’s Division of Transit and Rail.

“Multiply that by dozens of Pegasus trips each weekend and we can double our part in mitigating congestion, and help make the drive to the mountains safer and more enjoyable,” Blake said. “Moreover, this service aligns with our mission of improving transit options and integrating transit into Colorado’s transportation system.”

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