Government & Politics  November 4, 2022

Bustang adds Outrider service connection Sterling, Greeley

DENVER — Bustang, the Colorado Department of Transportation’s interregional and intercity bus service, has launched a new Outrider route connecting Denver and Greeley with Sterling. The service was launched Nov. 1.

“We’re thrilled to provide this connection so that people in northeastern Colorado have another transportation option to travel to the Denver Metro Area and beyond. This service improves access to medical facilities, recreation activities, DIA, and much more,” Amber Blake, director of the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Division of Transit and Rail, said in a written statement. “Bustang Outrider’s mission is to provide connectivity and increased access to transportation options in every region across the state, and this Sterling route is a valued addition to our transit transportation network.”

Outrider hosted a celebration event Nov. 1 at the Logan County Courthouse in Sterling, with attendees including representatives from CDOT, the Northeast Colorado Association of Local Governments, elected officials and other community stakeholders. 

“This new route is unique and covers great distances to get passengers to Greeley and Denver from Sterling,” said Kenneth Mooney, executive director at NECALG. “We’re glad to serve as the local operator and do our part in offering a wide range of connections from northeast Colorado for passengers to reach statewide destinations.”

Passenger stops for the Sterling-Greeley/Sterling-Denver route include:

  • Sterling.
  • Merino (flag stop).
  • Hillrose (flag stop).
  • Brush.
  • Fort Morgan.
  • Log Lane Village.
  • Wiggins (route splits at Wiggins and alternates between Greeley and Denver).

Greeley route:

  • Kersey.
  • UCHealth Greeley Hospital.
  • North Colorado Medical Center.
  • Greeley Evans Transit.

Denver route:

  • Keenesburg.
  • Lochbuie.
  • Aurora (Peoria Station Park-n-Ride — DIA connection).
  • Denver (Denver Union Station — DIA connection).

Buses only stop at flag stops if requested by passengers.

Outrider vehicles hold 14 passengers and two wheelchairs. Amenities include USB ports, power outlets, WiFi and bike racks.

The Sterling-Greeley/Sterling-Denver route operates five days a week, pending demand for weekend service. Buses will run Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays three days per week to Greeley, and Tuesdays and Thursdays to Denver.

Fares are 17 cents per mile, with seniors 65 and older, children 2-11 and disabled individuals riding at half price. Caretakers for disabled individuals and children younger than 2 years old ride free. One-way trip prices along the route include:

  • Sterling-Wiggins, $11).
  • Sterling-Greeley, $17).
  • Sterling-Denver, $22).

Outrider provides a transportation alternative for travel between rural communities and the state’s larger cities and towns. It currently serves seven routes: Alamosa — Pueblo, Craig — Denver, Crested Butte — Denver, Durango — Grand Junction, Lamar — Colorado Springs, Telluride — Grand Junction and Sterling — Greeley/Sterling — Denver.

For more information on Outrider routes, visit RideBustang.com

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