Feb 2, 2010 1:18 PM by Greg Boyce

Denver council pushes carpools for ex-FREX riders

The Denver Regional Council of Governments is urging displaced FREX riders to join either vanpools or carpools as the commute to Denver.

FREX, or Front Range Express, is scheduled to shut down this month due to funding problems.  But that doesn't mean a Denver worker living in Colorado Springs must get back behind the wheel.  "Getting into a vanpool is an excellent alternative for former FREX users to share expenses, make new friends and keep the stress-free commute they enjoy," says Linda Dowlen, manager of DRCOG's RideArrangers program.

Vanpools are a good choice for groups of commuters who live and work near each other and travel more than 15 miles to work one-way according to Dowlen. Passengers share the ride and pay a low monthly fare to the designated driver in a minivan seating up to six, or a full-size van seating up to 12. The Vanpool program is a partnership between DRCOG and the Regional Transportation District (RTD). DRCOG also offers a free matching service for people commuting into or out of the Denver metro area interested in starting carpools using their own vehicles. For more information on vanpools or FREE carpool matching services  call 303-458-POOL.



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