March 20, 2019 (COLORADO SPRINGS) – In another effort to improve traveler and worker safety along the 18-mile long construction zone of Interstate 25 between Monument and Castle Rock, rush-hour travelers now can help maximize their commute time by taking advantage of I-25 MyWay, a new partnership between the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG).
I-25 MyWay is offering transit, vanpool and carpool incentives to commuters willing to try a new mode of transportation between Colorado Springs and Denver. By taking more single-occupant vehicles off the road, it helps reduce congestion and enhances the environment. Those modes include:
Bustang – For $9 one way, riders can now take Bustang between Colorado Springs and the Denver Tech Center. Bustang is equipped with a restroom, bike racks, free WiFi and charging stations. New users can request a free round-trip ride to test out either the downtown Denver or the Denver Tech Center route.
Vanpool – For groups of 5-12 people, vanpool can be an affordable, worry-free option - vanpool providers handle insurance, maintenance and fuel, and the monthly cost of the vanpool is split between all passengers. New vanpools receive $200 off their first month. Mountain Metropolitan Transit’s Metro Rides group provides vanpool service for the Pikes Peak region. Way to Go is the vanpool provider for the Denver region.
Carpool – For smaller groups, carpool is another way to make commuting more affordable. Commuters can download the Waze Carpool app and book a ride on-demand, providing greater flexibility for varying work schedules, or look for recurring ride matches using i25myway.org. Carpoolers who track their trips are eligible for rewards and raffle prizes.
“By summer, this will be the longest work zone in the state, with project completion in 2022,” said Steve Erickson, Communications Director for DRCOG’s Way to Go program. “We want to help people take back their commute and find a better alternative to sitting behind the wheel in traffic.”
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About Way to Go
Way to Go is a program of Denver Regional Council of Governments, a planning organization where local governments collaborate to establish guidelines, set policy and allocate funding in the areas of transportation and personal mobility, regional growth and development, and aging and disability resources. For more information visit waytogo.org
About Mountain Metropolitan Transit’s Metro Rides
Metro Rides is the rideshare and alternative transportation organization for the Pikes Peak area offering a variety of alternative transportation options including vanpool, carpool, biking programs, and more. Using multimodal forms of transportation can be less stressful, save you money, and contribute to clean air and better health. For more information visit mmtransit.com/metrorides
About the I-25 South Gap Project
CDOT is improving 18 miles of I-25 from south of Castle Rock to Monument by widening the road from two to three lanes in each direction. The new lane will operate as an Express Lane, allowing motorists the choice of taking the Express Lane for more reliable travel time in exchange for a toll, or driving the general-purpose lanes for free. Carpools with three or more people and motorcyclists will be able to use the Express Lane for free.
Other improvements include widened shoulders, rebuilt bridges, new wildlife crossings, new pavement and technology improvements.
The $350 million project is scheduled for completion in 2022.