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Fare Free August

Fare Free August

During the month of August, public transit agencies around the state of Colorado are joining together to take part in the Zero Fare for Better Air initiative. This collaborative, statewide initiative is designed to reduce ground-level ozone by increasing use of transit throughout the entire month of August. Through a partnership with the Colorado Energy Office, made possible by Colorado Senate Bill 22-180, Durango Transit will offer free transit on all routes during Colorado’s high ozone season from August 1-31, 2022. 

Approximately 85% of the greenhouse gas emissions that come from transportation are due to day-to-day commutes. By leaving the car at home, a person can save up to 20 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions every day. 

Other benefits to taking transit include: 

  • Cost savings  
    Taking the bus saves on car expenses including maintenance, parking, and fuel, which add up quickly. A household can save nearly $10,000 by taking public transportation and living with one less car. 
  • Gas savings
    With gas hovering around $5 per gallon, switching to public transit frees up additional funds in customers’ everyday budgets. In addition, public transportation saves the United States an estimated 6 billion gallons of gas each year!
  • Reduction in traffic 
    Taking public transit keeps cars off the road, limiting traffic congestion, air pollution, and ground-level ozone. 
  • Reduction in stress 
    Taking public transit removes the stress and anxiety of battling everyday traffic. 
  • Time savings  
    While taking public transit, customers can catch up on reading, emails, podcasts, or just sit back and relax.
  • Improved air quality                                                                                              Transportation is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions causing climate change. Using public transit creates 84% less carbon emissions than driving a car. That is a savings of 63 million metric tons annually.

Rider Rules

New Transit Service - 160 West

Durango Transit will expand service to include Highway 160 West beginning March 1. The route will operate 7 days a week, every 30 minutes from 7:05 a.m. to 8:35 p.m. 

The Hwy 160 route was eliminated in 2018 due to budget cuts. Funding was identified and dedicated to expand transit service last year, and reinstating the Hwy 160 route was the highest expansion priority because of need.

Expansion to Hwy 160 was delayed, most recently, because of significant labor shortages. Durango Transit was able to offer retention and recruitment bonuses to transit operators using COVID-relief funding for transit. The additional staff allows Durango Transit to expand and better meet the transportation needs of the community.   

The route will serve fourteen new transit stops, including Manna Soup Kitchen, the Tech Center and many residential areas. Stop times are listed below:

Transit Center
:05:35
Roosa & El Paso:07:37
El Paso & Forest:08:38
Pinion Heights:08:38
Manna:09:39
Roosa & 9th Street:10:40
Tech Center:13:43
Westwood:15:45
Four Winds:16:46
Speedway:16:46
Wildcat Condos:17:47
Lightner Creek:18:48
Marathon:19:49
Westside Mobile Park:20:50
Best Western:20:50


To catch the Hwy. 160 route from the downtown Durango Transit Center, passengers should board the bus at Gate 4, which departs every 30 minutes at :05 and :35. All buses are wheelchair accessible.


2021 Durango Transit Ridership Survey Results

Thank you to everyone who participated in Durango Transit's ridership survey. This data helps to inform Durango Transit's service and secure funding opportunities. View complete survey results.


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