COLORADO SPRINGS — Mountain Metropolitan Transit (MMT) is letting passengers ride for free during the entire month of August starting Monday.

Coloradans can ride local transit for free every day on 30 transit systems including Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Prowers County, La Junta, and Bent County including Las Animas. 

It will be the largest zero-fare transit program in the country with 30 agencies poised to waive fares all day, every day of August. Combined, the agencies participating have an average monthly ridership of over 5.8 million trips. 

During the month of August, Mountain Metro will join other transit agencies in Southern Colorado including Pueblo Transit, Bent County Golden Age Transportation, Bent County Transit, City of La Junta, Prowers Area Transit, the South Central Council of Governments, and the Southern Colorado Community Action Agency, Inc. in waiving fares for their entire systems. 

The promotion is part of the Zero Fare for Better Air initiative – a collaborative, statewide initiative designed to reduce ground-level ozone by increasing the use of public transit.

Colorado was already a leading zero-fare state where people could ride transit for free year-round in 16 communities including Summit County, Estes Park, Steamboat Springs, Telluride, and Clear Creek County. 

The free fares are made possible by Colorado Senate Bill 22-180, the ozone season transit grant program in partnership with the Colorado Energy Office.

According to MMT, August is when Colorado usually sees its highest ozone levels, so the bill is designed to give people a chance to try public transportation and lower the number of cars on the road. 

“Not only is this going to help the air here in Colorado, it is also a great opportunity for people struggling with the high cost of gas to try transit,” acting Transit Services Manager Lan Rao said. “We welcome individuals who may have never used its transit services to join our customers who continue to rely on MMT to get them where they need or want to go.”  

For a map of the agencies without fares during the month of August, click here. Here are some highlights across the state:

  • Prowers Area Transit will be expanding their services with the Zero Fare program, implementing a fixed route connecting the communities of Holly, Granada, Hartman, Bristol, and Wiley in Prowers County to resources in Lamar. The route will originate in Granada and run 5 days a week.
  • Pueblo Transit will be offering zero-fare transportation on all existing routes throughout the month of August. With the Zero Fare program, they will also pilot a new route, reaching from the city’s largest food distribution site, Care and Share, to the Transit Center. In addition, they will be providing courtesy shuttles to multiple events during the month of August.
  • Bent County Transit will provide Zero Fare program services to get to and from 7 different communities within a 70 mile radius. These free fares will cover services from 7am – 6:30pm on Monday-Friday for the duration of the month of August.

August also coincides with half price fares on Bustang, Outrider and Pegasus, statewide transit operated by the Colorado Department of Transportation. For example, using zero-fare transit in Denver with CDOT’s services allows someone to get anywhere in the RTD region to Grand Junction for $21.5, Vail for $8.50, Fort Collins for $5, Colorado Springs for $6, Buena Vista for $12 and Durango for $43. 

“Implementing a half-price fare is a great opportunity for people to try all our transit services while we’re in our peak traffic season, especially in the high country,” said CDOT Division of Transit and Rail Director Amber Blake. “In addition, our system provides another great option for commuting or for recreation, especially while the price of gas remains prohibitively high. It also can help make your trip safer and more enjoyable.”