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. For more information, visit DurangoGov.org/Transit or call (970) 259-5438.