New bus service offers more connections

Brandon Stam
Brandon Stam
Tim Foster, President Colorado Mesa University
Tim Foster, President
Colorado Mesa University

New bus service connects the Grand Junction Regional Airport and Horizon Drive business district with Colorado Mesa University and the downtown.

The free service — called the Dash — runs from 4:15 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The Dash runs along an existing route of Grand Valley Transit and includes a total of 52 stops along Horizon Drive,  2th Street and Main Street as well as a stop at the downtown GVT transfer facility on South Sixth Street.

“The goal of this free service is to connect all who are in the valley to downtown and other destinations along the route,” said Brandon Stam, executive director of Downtown Grand Junction. “We’re happy to have partnered on this project with all parties involved and are looking forward to seeing the service utilized by residents, students and tourists.”

Downtown Grand Junction joined with the City of Grand Junction, CMU, Grand Junction Regional Airport, Grand Valley Transit and Horizon Drive Business Improvement District to offer the bus service.

The Dash is designed to offer free and convenient service to residents and CMU students as well as tourists.

“As campus has grown, so have our community partnerships,” said CMU President Tim Foster. “Added connectivity between Grand Junction’s airport, the  Horizon Drive corridor, the greater downtown area and CMU is a huge win for students, visiting parents and downtown businesses.”

Two buses will cover the route with 54 passengers allowed on each bus. The Dash will provide service to all who want to catch a ridge along the route. The Dash will be prominently displayed on the sides of each colorful buses that will look different than other transit buses.

For more information about the Dash, including bus stop locations, visit the website at www.dashGJ.com.