Bus to run daily from Junction to Durango
Running just a bit behind schedule from the jump, the inaugural run of a grant-funded daily coach bus service between Durango and Grand Junction is set to happen Tuesday.
The group Southern Ute Community Action Programs Inc., or SUCAP, announced last week that the first Road Runner Stage Lines bus will leave the Durango Transit Center at 7 a.m. Tuesday, arriving in Grand Junction at an estimated 12:37 p.m.
The route will have stops in Mancos, Cortez, Dolores, Rico, Telluride, Placerville, Ridgway, Montrose and Delta along the way.
The return bus will leave Grand Junction for Durango at 1:45 p.m.
SUCAP expects the same daily schedule, 365 days a year, weather-permitting.
A one-way fare between the two cities will cost a passenger $40, with pro-rated ticket prices if you’re getting off at one of the stops in between.
Seniors over 55 and students with proper ID will get a 10 percent discount. The motorcoach has a wheelchair lift, and the service welcomes riders with disabilities.
Basic information and fare schedules can be found at http://www.sucap.org. And since the new line is a collaboration between SUCAP, the Colorado Department of Transportation and Greyhound, riders anywhere in the Greyhound system will be able to purchase tickets online at http://www.greyhound.com starting Tuesday.
The new Road Runner line between Durango and Grand Junction is in response to a similar line discontinued by Greyhound in September 2011, leaving many people who relied on public transportation to get around the vast western side of the state to seek other means.
The new route — at first planned to begin service in May 2013 — is funded through fares and federal grant monies managed by CDOT’s Division of Transit and Rail.
Road Runner Stage Lines is operated by the Road Runner Transportation program division of SUCAP, which was established in 1966 by the Southern Ute Indian Tribe and its non-tribal neighbors in Ignacio. SUCAP is not a part of the tribe, but rather a delegate agency operating programs for the Southern Utes.