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  • Phone: 970-328-3520
    Fax: 970-328-3539

    ECO Transit
    P.O. Box 1070
    3289 Cooley Mesa Road
    Gypsum, Colorado 81637-1070 

    eco@eaglecounty.us  

     


New multi-county shuttle connects veterans, elderly and disabled residents to health services in Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction

Contact: Chris Lubbers, ECO Transit Executive Director, 970-328-3533, christopher.lubbers@eaglecounty.us 

Dec. 15, 2016 – Through a partnership between Eagle, Garfield, Pitkin and Mesa counties, qualified veteran, disabled and elderly residents now have accessible transportation to services in neighboring counties via the GEM Connector Shuttle Service. 

The service connects Eagle, Pitkin and Garfield counties to Mesa County twice per month and drops off at various locations such as Valley View Hospital and VA Clinic in Glenwood Springs, St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, Grand Junction Community Hospital and the Grand Junction Veterans Administration Hospital.  

“We are thrilled to close a service gap for our disabled, elderly and veteran residents,” said Chris Lubbers, executive director for ECO Transit. “This multi-agency collaboration included Eagle County, Roaring Fork Transit Authority, Grand Valley Transit, Northwest Colorado Council of Governments and the Colorado Department of Transportation.”

The GEM Connector Shuttle Service will operate year-round on every second and fourth Thursday of the month. It departs the Gypsum Park and Ride in Eagle County at 7:15 a.m. and continues to West Glenwood Park and Ride, then to Rifle and New Castle as needed with the final stops in Mesa County. Pitkin County residents are able to access the GEM Connector through VelociRFTA or the RFTA paratransit services.

To qualify and schedule a ride on the GEM Connector Shuttle Service, residents must contact their local transit agency or county veterans service officer. Eligibility determination could take up to five days. 
 
For ECO Transit, call 970-328-3520. In Garfield and Pitkin Counties, call 970-945-9117. In western Garfield County, call 970-625-1366. In Mesa County, call 970-256-7433. 

County Veterans Service Officers are as follows: In Eagle County, contact Pat Hammon at 970-328-9674 or pat.hammon@eaglecounty.us. In Garfield County, contact Joe Carpenter at 970-625-9484 or bowhunt@sopris.net. In Pitkin County, contact Scott Ring at 970-429-6115 or scott.ring@pitkincounty.com. In Mesa County, contact Brian Oney at 970 256 2491 or brian.oney@mesacounty.us

A 48 hour advance reservation is required with the local transit agency and the cost for a trip is a suggested donation of $20. Those enrolled in Medicaid or who are seeking additional transportation resources are asked to contact Mountain Ride at 844-686-7433 or by visiting www.mtnride.org.