Free MallRide

Facts & figures

Free MallRide fleet

The Regional Transportation District (RTD) operates a free shuttle bus service along downtown Denver’s 16th Street Mall. The original shuttle fleet was comprised of 36 three-door, low-floor buses, which will be replaced with 36 ultra-low emission hybrid-electric vehicles. During 2012, two newer prototype vehicles were added for in-service testing.

In August, 2016, new all-electric vehicles were phased in, lighting up the 16th Street Mall with a new, fresh contemporary paint scheme.

Free MallRide service

The Free MallRide is available every day from as early as 4:59 a.m. on weekdays with the last complete round-trip leaving at 1:21 a.m. from Union Station.

Free MallRide shuttles run approximately every light cycle during the following high ridership time periods:

  • morning rush hour - 6 a.m. - 9 a.m.
  • lunch rush hour - 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • evening rush hour - 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • all other times, Free MallRide shuttles run from every 3 to 15 minutes

Free MallRide weekend service runs from 5:23 a.m. on Saturday and 6:08 a.m. on Sunday with the last round-trip departing Union Station at 1:21 a.m. on Saturday, Sunday and holidays. All weekend Free MallRide shuttles run from 4 to 15 minutes.

The Free MallRide stops at every intersection along the 1.42 mile-long mall from RTD’s Union Station and Civic Center Station, with a total traveling time of approximately 14.5 minutes and can carry up to 115 passengers. Major connections for bus service can be made at the Civic Center Station and Union Station bus concourse.

Free MallRide connections to Rail

In 2011, the free MallRide was extended to a new light rail station built to accommodate the W Line which opened in 2013. At Union Station the Free MallRide currently connects with the University of A Line and B Line commuter rail lines, and the C, E, and W light rail lines. The Free MallRide also connects at the 16th and Stout and 16th and California light rail stations along the 16th Street Mall with the D, F and H light rail lines, providing service from Five Points to the southwest area (D Line), and to the southeast metro areas (F and H).

Heart of downtown

The atmosphere of the 16th Street Mall and the ease of movement provided by the Free MallRide create a dynamic center for activity. The Mall was designed as an outdoor plaza, allowing for unique food and gift carts, outdoor dining, outdoor events and open seating for socializing or a game of chess. Frequent service on the Free MallRide allows for easy travel to and from places of employment and some of the finest restaurants, shops and entertainment venues, including:

  • Auraria Higher Education Campus (through direct connection with light rail)
  • Colorado Convention Center
  • Coors Field
  • Denver Pavilions
  • Denver Performing Arts Complex and Theater District
  • Five Points Historic District (through direct connect with light rail)
  • Larimer Square
  • Pepsi Center (through direct connect with light rail)
  • The Shops at Tabor Center
  • Elitch Gardens (through direct connect with light rail)
  • Sports Authority Field at Mile High (through direct connections with light rail)
  • Plus hotels, art galleries, boutiques, coffee houses, book shops, brew pubs and nightclubs.

The Civic Center Station is near the State Capitol, Denver City and County government offices, Denver Public Library, Denver Art Museum and the Colorado History Museum. Union Station, which houses Amtrak, is near Coors Field.

Ridership: November 2014 - October 2015

  • Average weekday ridership: 43,971
  • Total ridership: 13,442,050

Free MallRide map

map of Free MallRide along 16th street

Updated August 2016