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Posted on: October 7, 2019

County Named ‘2019 Transit Agency of Year’ for Prospector Bus Service

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Oct. 1, 2019 – Clear Creek County Communications, Colo.  – Clear Creek County’s Prospector Bus service was awarded the ‘Small Community Transit Agency of the Year’ by the Colorado Association of Transit Agencies (CASTA), Sept. 26, 2019.  At their 2019 Fall Transit Conference and Expo in Keystone, Co., the Prospector was recognized for its intra-County service to residents and visitors around the County. 

Since beginning service December 2016, the transit service has seen a steady increase in ridership and expanded routes—taking people to health care and other appointments, needed shopping, and to employment. 

August 2019 saw a record 547 riders, beating the previous record of 477 riders in July 2019.  In addition to the new record, ridership (in 2019) has surpassed all of 2018’s numbers (2,986).  As of Sept. 30, 2019, 3,189 riders have taken the County’s Prospector bus this year.  

“This award is really all about our dedicated riders, great drivers and sponsors,” said John Bryan, County Communications and Prospector Director.  “We also want to thank the County Team—Mapping, Public Works, Administration, the Board of County Commissioners and so many more for their support in keeping the Prospector running,” he added.      

The County is also working on getting a second bus (in 2020), and wants to expand service to RTD bus connection points in El Rancho (Evergreen) which would allow residents to work in the Denver Metro Area.  A second bus could also take riders to more shopping in the Evergreen area, and help expand the current Prospector route for more operating times and flexible scheduling. 

The current Prospector schedule also ties in to the BUSTANG Idaho Springs stop/schedule, which is the CDOT-operated “…interregional bus line connecting Colorado cities and local transit with a single service…”    https://www.codot.gov/travel/bustang    BUSTANG currently stops in Idaho Springs  (Idaho St. and 13th) six times a day, going east (Denver Union Station/Bus Center), or West (Grand Junction). 

Prospector Information:  Runs M-F (7:00am-12:00pm, 2:00pm-6:30pm)

For the schedule and times, go to:

 https://www.clearcreekcounty.us/DocumentCenter/View/7275/Copy-of-111516-SCHED-TO-POST?bidId=

For the bus map/route, go to:

 https://www.clearcreekcounty.us/DocumentCenter/View/7276/BusRoute-2?bidId=

Fares run $1 (in-town), $2 (town-town), and a 50% discount for seniors, students and children.  Books of ‘10’ tickets can be purchased from the bus drivers for $10---one ticket is good for any length of a one-way trip, saving riders money.

The Prospector runs Monday – Friday (no weekends), and is equipped with a hydraulic lift for special needs and two wheelchair accessible spots.  Popular stops include: the Hotel de Paris (Georgetown), Idaho Springs Ride Stop, Town of Empire, the Dumont Post Office, the CHPG Clinic-Idaho Springs, and the Safeway in Idaho Springs.    

CASTA “…represents transit interests and provides professional development to the transit community...”  https://coloradotransit.com/  . 

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