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Bustang Offers Results for Lamar – Pueblo Commuter Service

 

 

“Bustang®, Colorado’s first-ever state-owned and -operated interregional bus system, has exceeded ridership, revenue and fare box recovery projections during its first three years of service,” according to a press release from the CDOT service for the Metro sections of Colorado.

The Bustang bus service connecting Lamar to Pueblo, which began in January 2018, has seen fluctuations for the first half of its first year as noted in some passenger statistics. Lamar riders are picked up at 7am, Monday through Friday at the Welcome Center for the journey to Pueblo with stops in Ft. Lyon, Las Animas, La Junta, Swink, Rocky Ford, Manzanola and Fowler.  The majority of riders are from Lamar and La Junta. There’s a return trip each evening but the numbers of those leaving and arriving are never a direct match.  The cost is approximately $21 each way.

Here’s a look at the ridership for the southeast Colorado Bustang line: *Not Complete

January February March April May June July *
Lamar to Pueblo 17 16 34 35 36 28

10

East Bound

20 17 28 33 33 26 10
Lamar Riders 8 5 11 5 9 7

3

La Junta Riders

5 7 7 16 10 11 3
Monthly Total 37 33 62 68 69 54

20

Ridership greatly increased during the spring months, March through June.  Demographics on the age of the ridership or their reasons for the commute to Pueblo were not available.

By Russ Baldwin

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