CDOT launches new express shuttle service for mountain travel

DENVER — The Colorado Department of Transportation is offering travelers another way to get to the mountains with its new express shuttle service, Pegasus.

Pegasus is part of CDOT’s Bustang service. However, instead of traveling in large buses, travelers who choose to ride the Pegasus will travel in smaller shuttles.

A Pegasus shuttle seats up to 11 people, according to CDOT. It features USB ports, power outlets and WiFi, and has luggage storage, bike racks and ski/snowboard containers. Each shuttle is also wheelchair accessible.

Pegasus will depart year-round from Union Station in Denver. The service includes stops at the Denver Federal Center in Lakewood, Idaho Springs, Frisco, Vail and Avon, according to CDOT.

“We are continuing to save people time and money with more ways to get to and from the mountains. We are launching Pegasus to reduce traffic, help save Coloradans and visitors money on travel, and more easily explore our beautiful state,” said Gov. Jared Polis.

Fares range from $6 to $20 depending on the destination.

Pegasus Fares

Colorado Department of Transportation

The service will begin Friday, May 27. To learn more about Pegasus, click here.

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The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands launches ocean plastics programme – Breaking Travel News

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SCOTT Sports launches SCOTT Travel

With the launch of SCOTT Travel, SCOTT combines exclusive sports trips with real brand experiences to provide a unique offering to the brand’s fans and followers. 

SCOTT Sports today announces the launch of SCOTT Travel. With the new travel platform SCOTT now offers its fans and followers the opportunity to book unique and unforgettable experiences in exclusive destinations – from today, the platform and its experiences are open to cyclists, and in the future will also have offerings for winter sports enthusiasts and trail runners. SCOTT Travel was created in collaboration with Globetrotter Travel Service AG and associated tour operators as well as SCOTT test centers and long-term partners of the brand. 

“With SCOTT Travel, we connect our consumers with the brand, and create opportunities to experience things which our fans only know from storytelling projects such as CHASING TRAIL, TRAIL E-XPLORER, THE ESCAPE or FREEDOM TO EXPLORE,” says Reto Aeschbacher, CMO of SCOTT. “Outdoor activities, travelling and exclusive experiences are high up on our clienteles’ agenda, and we see this in both our summer and winter sports. Brand Experience has always been an important pillar of our marketing strategy. SCOTT Travel offers amazing opportunities here to increase the connection and engagement with our brand but also with regards to our broader product range, for both new and existing fans.” These experiences will be offered in exclusive destinations: Cape Verde, Dolomites, Portugal, Engadin, Aosta – a small selection of the existing SCOTT Travel destinations that reads like a bucket list for cyclists. 

Whether on guided MTB tours chasing the famous trails of the legendary Cape Epic in South Africa, shuttled trips in the Italian Aosta Valley around Mont Blanc or individual Bike & Surf Camps in the North of Portugal, the range of SCOTT Travel experiences on offer is as diverse as it is exotic. However, one thing always remains: “It’s about offering the local touch of the destinations and enjoying great times alongside like-minded people. With this new platform, we will certainly create exclusive brand experiences – this is today more important than ever,” Aeschbacher explains. All trips have been put together in collaboration with ambassadors or locally based SCOTT experts to offer first-class experiences in the best cycling spots in the world. One of the most notable supporters, bike legend Thomas Frischknecht, the Team Manager of Olympic Champion Nino Schurter’s SCOTT-SRAM MTB Racing Team, will give mountain bikers an insight into the Engadin’s hidden trails in one of Switzerland’s most stunning regions during a three-day trip in early September. 

Three different categories can be chosen under the SCOTT Travel offer: Trail, Explore and Performance. In each of the three categories, road cyclists, mountain bikers or gravel enthusiasts can book a variety of packages, both in European and exotic destinations. Each package includes the possibility to test or rent SCOTT bikes and equipment. SCOTT Travel currently works with 12 travel partners: “In the near future, we want to expand the SCOTT Travel offer, both in terms of destinations and disciplines”, Aeschbacher adds. “For decades, many destinations and test centers around the world have been working with SCOTT – this is an excellent network to further expand what we will be able to offer.” 


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Conferma Pay Launches Carbon Reporting System with Thrust Carbon as Partner

Conferma Pay has launched a new carbon reporting system that measures the environmental impact of business trips based on payment data from virtual cards.

The system, Conferma Carbon Reporting, is available to both users of the Conferma Pay app and companies using Visa Commercial Pay and initially is focusing on emissions from flights and hotel stays via integration with Thrust Carbon, according to Conferma. When travelers use the virtual cards to pay for hotels and flights, Thrust Carbon’s data—which factor in such data as aircraft model and age, the duration of the flight and load factor—can calculate emissions for the trip. It eventually will help measure the carbon impact of other aspects of the trip, such as restaurants and taxis, Conferma Pay director of strategic relationships Paul Raymond said. That data may come through Thrust Carbon or other providers, depending on the type of data needed, he said.

Having payment data as the source of carbon reporting will help solve for the fragmented nature of available carbon data now, since all elements of a trip should be paid on the same card, and it also can be used both for reporting and to influence traveler behavior, Raymond said. For example, travelers paying for an Uber ride or buying a coffee from Starbucks with their card could see the carbon impact of their purchase as they make the payment.

“Every traveler, as long as they are using virtual payment, can see their emission value as an individual traveler, and you can use that to start educating the traveler,” Raymond said.

The data eventually could be used for benchmarking purposes as well, showing typical carbon impacts of trips by city or region for example, he said.

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JetBlue Launches Hostile Takeover Bid for Spirit Airlines

JetBlue began what amounts to a hostile takeover bid of Spirit Airlines on Monday when it sent a revised acquisition proposal and filed a proxy statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that urges Spirit shareholders to vote against Frontier Airlines’ merger offer at a June 10 special meeting.

The tactics come about two weeks after Spirit rejected JetBlue’s initial all-cash offer of $33 per share, valued at $3.6 billion, in favor of the deal with Frontier, which was valued at $2.6 billion. Spirit cited concerns the JetBlue deal would not be approved by regulators, highlighting the pending antitrust suit against JetBlue’s “Northeast Alliance” with American Airlines.

Under its new takeover proposal, JetBlue has lowered its offer to $30 per share, “given the Spirit board failed to provide us the necessary diligence information it has provided Frontier,” wrote JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes in a letter to Spirit shareholders. Should the shareholders vote to reject the Frontier offer, JetBlue “will work towards a consensual transaction at $33 per share, subject to receiving the information to support it.”

The revised bid still includes a reverse break-up fee of $200 million should the deal not be approved, but JetBlue remains unwilling to divest its Northeast Alliance. Instead, it would offer to the U.S. Department of Justice a “remedy package that contemplates the divestiture of all Spirit assets located in New York and Boston so, as a result of the transaction, we do not increase our presence in the airports covered by our Northeast Alliance, as well as gates and related assets at other airports, including Fort Lauderdale.”

JetBlue maintains that a JetBlue-Spirit combination “will create a more compelling and viable competitor to the Big Four airlines that control more than 80 percent of the U.S. market,” and is “confident” it will obtain regulatory approval as “Spirit’s suggestion that our Northeast Alliance is a regulatory obstacle has no basis in fact or in law.”

Spirit did not immediately response to a request for comment.

RELATED: Spirit Board Rejects JetBlue Acquisition Proposal, Sticks with Frontier

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