Temporary suspension of Sunday bus service starting Jan. 9

Due to staffing shortages, Sunday transit service is suspended until further notice, effective Jan. 9, 2022. We will resume Sunday bus service as soon as we are able to fully staff our available driver positions. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Ride Responsible sponsors free Transit for Snowdown Parade

Durango Transit service will be free on Friday, Jan. 28 and Saturday, Jan. 29 in celebration of Snowdown 2022. Enjoy convenient downtown access via the Main Avenue Trolley and all loop routes, which will be free of charge thanks to a sponsorship from Ride Responsible.

A special service shuttle will run between La Plata County Fairgrounds and the Durango Transit Center from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28 for the Snowdown parade. It will serve stops every 20 minutes (approximately). 

Durango Transit receives 2021 Outstanding Innovation Award for adding Mercy Route

The Colorado Association of Transit Agencies recently awarded Durango Transit the 2021 Outstanding Innovation Award at their annual conference in Grand Junction. The award recognizes Durango Transit for launching the Mercy/Three Springs route in February 2021 to improve community access to COVID-19 testing and vaccines. 

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Durango Transit was not serving Mercy Regional Medical Center due to its distance from Durango city limits and the high cost of operating the route. Durango Transit staff, recognizing the importance of connecting residents to the region’s main hospital and medical campus, quickly mobilized a plan to provide access to the area using CARES Act funding. Transit expanded existing routes, without adding a new bus, to serve 11 stops at the hospital and other areas of Three Springs every 30 minutes, seven days a week. The route also improves Three Springs residents’ access to COVID-19 vaccine and testing sites and medical providers in the city. 

“Durango Transit drivers have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic and took on the addition of the Mercy/Three Springs route with enthusiasm,” said Sarah Hill, transportation director. “This award is great recognition of their hard work connecting riders to essential services.”

The Mercy/Three Springs route has provided approximately 8,000 rides since February and was made possible thanks to the Colorado Department of Transportation’s quick distribution of CARES Act funds. The route will be available through the end of 2021 using that funding. New funding through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) will allow Durango Transit to continue the Mercy/Three Springs route in 2022.

Free annual passes for veterans

The city has received an anonymous donation sponsoring annual Durango Transit passes for veterans in La Plata County. The donation will allow veterans to access Durango Transit services free for an entire year. 

Veterans can get their free pass at the Transit Center, 250 W. 8th St., Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please bring photo ID and veteran ID card. For more information, call (970) 259-5438. 

Free rides for seniors to COVID-19 vaccination site

Durango Transit is offering special transit service for La Plata County seniors 65 and older who need a ride to the community COVID-19 vaccination site. This service is available thanks to CARES Act funding.

Rides will be free, and will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please schedule your ride no later than 24 hours in advance of your appointment by calling (970) 259-5438.

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