Free Durango Bus Services Through August – The Durango Herald

Survey underway to shape parking master plan

Durango Transit is offering free rides throughout August in participation in the statewide Zero Fare for Better Air initiative in partnership with the Colorado Energy Office. (Durango Herald file)

Durango is participating in Colorado’s Zero Fare for Better Air initiative in August by providing free bus service in an effort to get excess cars off the road and reduce green carbon dioxide emissions.

Throughout August, Durango Transit will be offering free bus transport on each of its routes, according to a press release from the city of Durango. The city partnered with the Colorado Energy Office to arrange the free rides.

The Zero Fare for Better Air initiative aims to “reduce ground-level ozone by increasing the use of public transportation services,” the press release said.

“Around 85% of greenhouse gas emissions from transport are due to commuting,” the statement said. “By leaving the car at home, a person can save up to 20 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions every day.”

The press release details other benefits of using public transit services rather than driving yourself, including cost, time and fuel savings, reduced traffic and improved air quality.

“Taking the bus saves on car expenses, including maintenance, parking and fuel, which add up quickly,” the statement said. “A household can save nearly $10,000 by taking public transit and living with one less car.

Using public transit services can also help travelers avoid paying the currently high price of gasoline, the statement said. It is estimated that 6 billion gallons of gasoline are saved each year through public transit.

Another major benefit is improved air quality.

“Transportation is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change,” the statement said. “Using public transport creates 84% ​​less carbon emissions than driving a car. This represents a savings of 63 million metric tons per year.

In other Durango Transit news, the city welcomes a city-wide online parking survey to determine how to draw its parking master plan.

Those who complete the survey will automatically be entered into a sweepstakes to win gift cards for local businesses, courtesy of the Durango Business Improvement District and the Durango Chamber of Commerce.

“This survey will inform the future of Durango parking and how it will interact with the city’s transportation network,” Wade Moore, director of parking operations, said in a press release.

The city is partnering with Walker Consultants to create its Parking Master Plan, which will guide parking programs and regulations to meet the needs of residents and tourists, the statement said.

Two open houses are scheduled for 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on August 4 at the Durango Public Library. Residents will be able to provide parking feedback and services while the city takes notes for the development of its parking master plan.

Further opportunities for public input will become available as the parking project progresses, including during the final drafting phase of the parking master plan.

“Opportunity will be given to the community and stakeholders to weigh in on the implementation details of each strategy presented,” the statement said.

The parking survey is available at www.surveymonkey.com/r/DurangosParkingFuture.

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