Ernest LuningErnest LuningAugust 21, 20178min700

Picture six Broncos games getting out at the same time on the same stretch of road. That's what traffic generated by Monday's total eclipse of the sun — a once-in-a-century event in these parts — could amount to, the Colorado Department of Transportation is warning state motorists. And for those stuck in traffic between Friday and Monday, AAA Colorado has some tips and a musical playlist guaranteed to brighten even the darkest day.


Joey BunchJoey BunchAugust 17, 20174min582

CoPirg is celebrating the Bustang’s second year, as the horse-named Greyhound is picking up the pace as it connects Denver to Fort Collins, Colorado Springs and some of the mountain towns.

The left-leaning research nonprofit based in Denver released ridership numbers this week that show the Bustang’s use jumped 52 percent to 155,864 trips.

CoPIRG Foundation staff greeted riders and the public Tuesday at Bustang’s gate in Denver’s Union Station, collecting signatures on a giant birthday card.

The CoPIRG Foundation plans to deliver card to the Colorado Department of Transportation along with a letter signed by 41 Colorado mayors, city council members and county commissioners in support of expanding the regional bus service.

“Bustang has provided thousands of people with the freedom to travel to Denver from Colorado Springs, Fort Collins and mountain towns along I-70 and vice versa without driving their car,” Danny Katz, CoPIRG Foundation’s director, tells Colorado Politics in an e-mail. “The huge growth in ridership demonstrates the clear need for even more statewide bus service like Bustang.”

Bustang ridership
(Provided by CoPirg)

The Denver Post reported this week that the service cost had a $10 million startup cost and takes about $3 million a year to operate. Last year it brought in about $1.5 million.

CDOT has a fleet of 13 black-and-purple coaches that each seat 51 riders. Each has wifi and room to store bicycles, along with restrooms so you can go while you’re going.

A ride from Denver to Fort Collins cost $10, to Colorado Springs it’s $12 and at the westernmost destination, Glenwood Springs, it’s $28 with cheaper stops in between at Idaho Springs ($5), Frisco ($12), Vail ($17) and Eagle ($22).

The Bustang also charters for events such as Broncos games, skiers and the RamsRoute, which ferries Colorado State students from Fort Collins to Denver on Friday nights and back on Sunday nights during the school year.

“Whether you don’t own a car or want to avoid the hassle of driving and paying for parking, Bustang is connecting our biggest cities and economic areas via wifi-equipped buses. It’s crazy it took until 2015 to have a statewide public bus service, but now that Coloradans have the option to ride a bus, people are using it. We should keep expanding the service until everyone in Colorado has transportation options,” said Katz.


Joey BunchJoey BunchJune 27, 20173min415
Michael Hancock Politico
(Via Politico Magazine)

Just because Michael Hancock used to dress up like a horse in a helmet, does that make him interesting? Politico Magazine thinks so, citing the Denver mayor’s time as Huddles, the Broncos mascot.

The Mile High City’s biggest cheerleader today was profiled as a “cool-headed change agent” among America’s 11 most interesting mayors in a Sunday piece on the D.C.-based political news site.

“It’s easy to be emotional … and to do things because it looks good politically,” Hancock told Denver-based writer Caleb Hannan. “But if you’re not doing things that are going to protect and help your residents, then what’s the point?”

The other mayors profiled in by Politico were Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles, Hillary Schieve of Reno, Kevin Faulconer of San Diego, Greg Fischer of Louisville, Marty Walsh of Boston, Jennifer Roberts of Charlotte, Tomás Regalado of Miami, Jackie Biskupski of Salt Lake City, Bill Peduto of Pittsburgh and Dan Gilbert (the unofficial mayor) of Detroit.

What was Huddles Hancock up against? Consider the profile written by Blake Hounshell:

When a Nashville Predators fan was arrested for throwing a dead catfish on the ice during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals in May, a home game for the Penguins, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto responded with a barrage of fish puns. “This has turned into a whale of a story,” he wrote in a news release. “We shouldn’t be baited into interfering with this fish tale, but if the charges eventually make their way to a judge I hope the predatory catfish hurler who got the hook last night is simply sentenced to community service, perhaps cleaning fish at Wholey’s.”

Hancock has been Denver’s mayor since John Hickenlooper moved on to the governor’s office in 2011. He has twin sister and they’re the youngest of 10 children. That’s pretty interesting, too.

For the record, Hancock did Huddles duty for the Broncos when he was a senior at Manual High School in 1986.


Rachael WrightRachael WrightMay 4, 20176min461

Twenty Years Ago This Week in The Colorado Statesman … The issue of a new stadium for the Denver Broncos turned two bill sponsors against one another when Rep. Vickie Agler, R-Littleton, House co-sponsor of SB 97-230 — a bill that allowed for consideration of a re-fit of Mile High Stadium — accepted an amendment that Senate sponsor Mike Coffman, R-Aurora, didn’t approve of.