DENVER (CBS4) – Colorado commuters can soon ride the Bustang, a state-owned and operated bus system that will connect farther-flung cities, the state’s department of transportation announced on Tuesday.

Starting in March, CDOT will offer Bustang service from Denver to Glenwood Springs in the west, Fort Collins in the north and Tejon in the south. CDOT said buses will run during peak commuting times.

“CDOT is more than just building and maintaining our roads,” its executive director, Don Hunt, said in a news release.  “We are committed to helping people think differently about how they travel and what Coloradans tell us they are looking for is a different type of ride. Bustang will provide that choice.”

Along the Interstate 70 mountain corridor, Bustang will offer one round trip during weekdays between Glenwood Springs and Denver’s Union Station. On Interstate 25, from Colorado Springs to Union Station, it will make six round trips daily, including one off-peak, and five round trips to Fort Collins.

(credit: CDOT)

(credit: CDOT)

CDOT said the service will include 13 coaches on each route. Each will seat 50 passengers.

The service will stop at existing park-and-ride locations, and prices are determined by the length of the trip. A one-way trip to Glenwood Springs, for instance, will cost $28. One way to Fort Collins is $10.

According to CDOT’s website, the Bustang is “no ordinary bus.” It will offer WiFi, bathrooms, bike racks, outlets and reclining seats, among other amenities.

CDOT said it will unveil a Bustang coach at the National Western Stock Show on Thursday morning.

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