Published: Aug. 15, 2018

CU Boulder Transportation Services worked with RTD to improve bus service between the Main and East campuses. Changes to two routes were made Aug. 27 and are tailored routes specifically and individually to the Discovery Drive and Marine Street areas of east campus.

RTD’s Stampede route was shortened to provide improved and dedicated service to the Discovery Drive portion of east campus and eliminated the need for the CU-run Discovery Express, which ceased service on Friday, Aug. 24. Resources from the Discovery Express were reallocated to the Marine Street Express bus, providing direct service between Marine Street and main campus.

Stampede changes

RTD’s Monday-through-Friday Stampede bus route no longer serves the Marine Street area of east campus. It runs on a continual loop between the Sustainability, Energy and Environment Community (SEEC) and the University Memorial Center (UMC). 

  • Service frequency: every 10 minutes from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and every 15 minutes from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 
  • Frequency around the major class start times of 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. increasing to every 5 minutes. 
  • The Stampede layovers are each end of the route.

The new Marine Street Express

The Monday-through-Friday route connects the Marine Street area directly to main campus without stopping along Colorado Avenue or Discovery Drive.

Buff Bus

The familiar CU-branded Buff Buses provide the ride for the new Marine Street Express route.

  • The Marine Street Express runs every 30 minutes, leaving Marine Street in front of the Transportation Services Center at 15 and 45 minutes past each hour. Buses leave the Main Campus UMC stop at roughly the top and bottom of each hour for the return to Marine Street.
  • The Marine Street Express utilizes the two stops along Marine Street.
  • Westbound service, leaving from Marine Street, includes stops at the Engineering Center, C4C and the UMC. 
  • Eastbound service, leaving from the UMC/Euclid stop, includes stops at C4C, Parking Lot 436 and Marine Street.  
  • Service begins with the first bus leaving Marine Street at 6:45 a.m. The last bus each day leaves Marine Street at 6:45 p.m. and complete the half-hour loop to main campus and back.

More information

More information about all campus bus routes can be found on our Getting Around Campus by Bus webpage. Updates on RTD routes in and around campus--including changes to the 209 route may be found on RTD's site and by signing up for RTD rider alerts.