New parts cleaning system
RTD replaced toxic cleaning solvents with a petroleum-based low flammability solvent featuring a filtration system. Filters remove particulates from the new solvent which can then be used for a year resulting in:
- Drastically reduced hazardous waste generation
- Safer employee handling
New vehicle paint & improved painting techniques
We use Low Volatile Organic Compound paint (water base) to reduce emissions from paint. Our paint booths use air, not water filtration systems, to eliminate contaminated wastewater, reducing hazardous waste generation.
RTD recycles newspapers, office papers, computer paper and aluminum cans in our offices. Special bins have also been set up at major bus stations for commuters to recycle newspapers.
Spill containment units
All maintenance service trucks are equipped with Spill Containment Units. This allows drivers to immediately clean up accidental spills such as antifreeze or oil, preventing environmental contamination.
Stormwater is water from rain or snowfall that flows across the land and ultimately into rivers, creeks, lakes, and ditches. Other sources of water include over-irrigation, automobile wash water, or any other activity that results in water flowing into the storm drainage system. This water runoff carries debris, trash, sediment, pollutants, etc. from sidewalks, streets, and parking lots through storm drains and eventually into the rivers, creeks, and lakes. Fertilizers, paint, antifreeze, oil, fuel, and other materials may also be carried from urbanized areas to the waterways. These pollutants can add to or create problems in bodies of water.
Stormwater goes directly from the storm drainage system into local lakes, rivers, and streams with no water quality treatment.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) regulates stormwater runoff. The Regional Transportation District (RTD) was issued a Non-Standard Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit (permit # COR-070023). This permit covers the Littleton Mineral Park-n-Ride at 7500 S. Platte River Parkway; the Wagon Road Park-n-Ride at 600 W. 120th Avenue; the Airport Blvd. and 40th Avenue Park-n-Ride at 3900 N. Salida St.; and the operating light rail corridors.
To be in compliance with the MS4 permit, RTD must implement programs under Six Minimum Control Measures to control pollutants in storm water. RTD has programs in place to ensure compliance in each of these areas. These six control measures are listed below:
- Public Education and Outreach
- Public Participation/Involvement
- Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
- Construction Site Storm Water Runoff Control
- Post-Construction Storm Water Management
- Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping for Municipal Operations
For more information about RTD's efforts to minimize pollutants and control stormwater runoff, contact the RTD Environmental Compliance Officer at 303-299-4027 or 303-299-4083.
RTD uses low-maintenance, low-water usage landscaping at its Park-n-Rides.