Updated: May 7, 2014 at 6:59 pm
DENVER — Responding to demand from commuters for transportation from the mountains and Front Range to Denver, the Colorado Department of Transportation is setting up its own interstate highway bus service linking Vail, Colorado Springs and Fort Collins with Denver, with a number of stops along the way.
Spokeswoman Amy Ford said Wednesday the department is buying 13 buses and plans to have the services running by next year.
According to the Glenwood Springs Post Independent (http://tinyurl.com/kyfyx3q ), the Interstate 70 mountain service will include stops in Eagle, Vail, Frisco, Denver's Federal Center and Union Station.
The other bus lines will run from Colorado Springs to Denver with stops that include Monument and downtown Denver, and from Fort Collins to Denver, including stops in Loveland and Denver Union Station.
The project is funded by the 2009 FASTER bill, which raised car registration fees to pay for transportation projects that include public transit.
Ford said the bus system is designed to link up with other transportation services, not compete or replace them.
"We wanted to be able to provide interregional systems that linked major regions to each other, but we didn't want people to get to the end and be stuck," Ford said.
She said there will be no weekend service, including service to the mountains that would compete with ski tours.
"The real focus is to provide that commuter service so that people can access services in Denver," Ford said.