Durango, CO: The city’s bus system provided 40,527 free rides in July, a 34% increase over last July, and the first time we’ve surpassed 40,000 rides since October 2017.
The increase stems from Durango Transit offering free rides from June 1- Aug. 31, funded through the City Council discretionary portion of the Lodgers’ Tax. The program encourages ridership and use of public transit to reduce traffic congestion and harmful ozone impacts. 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.
“We continue to get feedback from our drivers that the program is successful overall, and both residents and tourists are very grateful for the service,” said Transportation Director Sarah Hill.
Anyone interested in taking advantage of the free transit fare this summer can download the free TransLoc app for real-time bus location, trip planning, and more. For more information, visit DurangoTransit.com.
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