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.
Temporary route to Mercy/Three Springs starts Feb. 1
A CARES Act funding award will allow Durango Transit to temporarily expand service to Mercy Regional Medical Center and Three Springs beginning Monday, Feb. 1 through Dec. 31, 2021.
The city of Durango, through the Colorado Department of Transportation, was awarded $150,000 in third-phase CARES Act funds to support public transit service through the COVID-19 pandemic and enhance transportation access to medical facilities. Durango Transit has received $773,514 in CARES Act funds to maintain safe operations with increased PPE, de-sanitization supplies and the addition of an overflow bus in response to social distancing requirements.
The Mercy/Three Springs route will operate seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 8:40 p.m., every 30 minutes. The route will serve 11 new transit stops in Escalante, Three Springs and at Mercy Regional Medical Center. Stops and times are:
- Walmart :12 :42
- CR 233 :18 :48
- Confluence & Mercado :21 :51
- Mercado & Clear Springs :22 :52
- Clear Springs & Sage View :24 :54
- Oxbow :25 :55
- Oxbow & Primrose :25 :55
- Mercado & Confluence :26 :56
- Mercy Hospital :35 :05
- Wilson Gulch :38 :08
- Rocket Point North :42 :12
- Walmart :43 :13
To catch the Mercy/Three Springs route from the downtown Durango Transit Center, passengers should board the Walmart bus at gate 3, which departs every 30 minutes on the hour. Passengers who do not need to go all the way to Three Springs can transfer to the southbound bus at Walmart, free of charge. All eligible Durango Transit fare is accepted on the Mercy/Three Springs route.
The CARES Act funds are only available through 2021. The Mercy/Three Springs transit service expansion is temporary and will end Dec. 31.
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.
Durango Transit Walmart stop relocated
Durango Transit bus stop located in the Walmart parking lot was relocated to the southwest corner of the building on Dominguez Way on Nov. 13, 2020. A map showing the new location is below.
Pick-up time will remain the same, with Transit buses arriving every 30 minutes at :10 and :40 after the hour. Passengers with mobility concerns can request drop-off at the front entrance of Walmart. Seniors and passengers with disabilities can apply for door-to-door Opportunity Bus service online or by calling (970) 247-3577.
Durango Transit is in the process of designing the new stop to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. This will include an ADA-accessible bus stop platform, curb and adjacent sidewalk. Other amenities will include a shelter and bench.
The relocation is in response to a request from Walmart management. The stop was previously located to the south of Walmart’s front entrance. For more information or to provide feedback about the relocation, call Sarah Hill, Assistant Transportation Director, at (970) 375-4901, or email
Transit adjusts service to increase public safety
April 6, 2020: In an ongoing effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, and in compliance with Colorado’s Stay-At-Home Public Health Order 20-24, Durango Transit has implemented service adjustments.
Effective Saturday, April 11, there will be reduced weekend service. Saturday and Sunday Transit service will be reduced to hourly service for all routes. Monday through Friday schedules remain the same, with service every 30 minutes on the FLC and Walmart routes and every 20 minutes on the Trolley route.
Effective Monday, April 6, each bus is limited to a maximum capacity of six passengers on loop route buses and eight passengers on the Main Avenue Trolley. This reduces passenger capacity from the previous 10 passengers to further limit exposure between passengers and Transit operators.
Citizens are asked to limit bus rides to only necessary travel as described in the Public Health Order. This includes travel to access medical needs, groceries or employment. Passengers who must travel out of necessity are encouraged, whenever possible, to leave extra space between themselves and others. This form of social distancing will help protect you and others from COVID-19.
San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) has recommended individuals cover their nose and mouth with a homemade face covering or bandana when in public to help reduce transmission of infection. The City of Durango recommends passengers follow this advice on Durango Transit buses.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises anyone with fever, cough or shortness of breath to not go out in public. Passengers should not ride the bus if they are experiencing these symptoms or think they might be sick. Passengers who display these symptoms, do not adhere to social distance guidelines or are not complying with the Public Health Order’s definition of necessary travel, may be asked to get off the bus.
Durango Transit continues to take additional measures to keep vehicles clean and passengers healthy. All buses are cleaned daily with disinfectant. Staff are wiping down seats, steering wheels, handles, buckles, stop request pull cords and other high-touch areas. If you have questions or would like more information about Transit operation, please call 970-259-5438
Durango Transit to limit public transit capacity for social distancing purposes
March 18: As a proactive mitigation effort, the City of Durango is coordinating with San Juan Basin Public Health and La Plata County to take measures to ensure our staff and community members are not exposed to or contributing to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Durango Transit will be limiting each bus to a maximum of 10 passengers in order to limit exposure between passengers and transit operators. Citizens are asked to limit bus rides to only essential trips, such as medical needs, groceries, or work. The capacity limits will go into effect on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 1:30 p.m.
Passengers who must travel out of necessity are encouraged, whenever possible, to leave extra space between themselves and others. This form of ‘social distancing’ can help you and others from the spread of the virus. The Centers for Disease Control advises anyone with fever, cough or shortness of breath to not go out in public. This means passengers should not ride the bus if they are experiencing those symptoms or think they might be sick. If you are displaying such symptoms, you may be asked to wear a protective mask while riding the bus.
Durango Transit is taking additional measures to keep vehicles clean and passengers healthy. All Durango Transit buses are being cleaned every day with disinfectant. Staff are wiping down seats, steering wheels, handles, buckles, stop request pull cords, and other high-touch areas.
As a passenger, please do your part to stay healthy and protect others by following San Juan Basin Public Health Department’s recommendations about proper hygiene and preventing the spread of illnesses, including COVID-19:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home when you are sick and keep your children at home when they are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Road Runner Schedule - Mercy & Tech Center Service
Road Runner Transit accepts Durango Transit passes and tokens for service between Mercy Hospital and the Durango Transit Center. View complete Road Runner schedule and information.
- Keep cell phone conversations to a low volume.
- Show the driver your pass each time you board.
- Shirts and shoes are required.
- Refrain from putting feet on the seats.
- Profanity will not be tolerated.
- All water craft must be deflated before boarding the vehicle.
- Service animals may ride vehicles, but pets are not allowed.
July 30, 2019: The results are in! Durango Transit completed the annual ridership survey. The survey provided a lot of great information about transit ridership, where people are going, and the transportation needs of the community. View full results of the 2019 Rider’s Survey (PDF).
2020 Low Income Transit Pass Available to Eligible Applicants
The City of Durango is now accepting applications for the Low Income Transit Pass program. The Low Income Transit Pass program allows qualified applicants to purchase monthly passes at a reduced rate of $20 per month for a standard pass and $15 a month for a Youth, Senior or Disabled pass. Only one application is required per household. If approved, all household members listed on the application will be eligible for a Low Income Transit Pass.
Applications are available only at the Transit Center ticket window located at 250 West 8th Street (M-F 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM). Click Here for Low Income Transit Pass Application 2020 (PDF)
All Durango Transit buses are equipped with bike racks, which hold up to three bikes. Bike racks are offered upon space availability.
Equal Opportunity Service Provider
In accordance with the American Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Colorado State Statutes, Durango Transit does not discriminate on the basis of race, color or national origin. For more information about these statutes or to file a complaint, write to: Durango Transit, 250 W. 8th Street, Durango, CO 81301 or call 970-375-4941.
De acuerdo con el Acta de Americanos con Discapacidades de 1990, el Acta de Derechos Civiles de 1964, y los Estatutos del Estado de Colorado, Tránsito de Durango no discrimina en base a la raza, color, u origen o nacionalidad. Para mayores informes acerca de estos estatutos o para registrar una queja, escriba a: Durango Transit, 250 W. 8th Street, Durango, CO 81301. O llame al teléfono 970-375-4941.
For more information write or call:
250 West 8th Street
Durango, CO 81301