How to Park

Park your car and hop on board. RTD offers our patrons convenient parking options at Park-n-Ride throughout the metro area. With over 70 locations, chances are there's an RTD Park-n-Ride near you.

Step 1:
Determine if parking fees apply

It's free to park at more than half of our Park-n-Rides. Parking fees apply at some Park-n-Rides. If your vehicle is registered at an address within RTD boundaries, you may park for free the first 24-hour period every day you park. For parking that extends beyond the first 24 hours, a $2.00 daily fee applies.

To find a Park-n-Ride closest to you, take a look at the Park-n-Ride map.

To determine if you will need to pay to park at a specific Park-n-Ride, see the free and paid Park-n-Rides.

Step 2:
Determine if you're in or out of District

Fees vary for in and out of District patrons. Use the license plate lookup to see if your vehicle is registered to an address in or out of RTD boundaries.

License plate lookup

Note: changes to your motor vehicle registration record may not be reflected. RTD cannot dispense license plate registration address information nor update vehicle registration records, please contact your county motor vehicle office.

Step 3: Pay for parking

Pay-by-phone

Pay-by-phone is available for daily and extended parking. When you pay by phone you will need to provide your license plate number and the Park-n-Ride or station parking zone number. You can also find the parking zone number posted on the sign above the pay station at each location.

Mobile website
Call 1-877-727-5951
Download the app

A nominal fee will be included when paying by phone.

Pay station

Once you've arrived at the Park-n-Ride or light rail station, find the blue canopy pay station near the bus stop or light rail platform. Your license plate number will be required. You may pay cash (exact change, please) or use VISA, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express. Customers may park up to 30 days.

Reserved parking

Patrons within the RTD service area may pay a monthly fee for reserved parking for arrival times between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. Monday - Friday. After 10 a.m, reserved parking spaces are available for anyone. To set up an account, please call Central Parking at 303.292.1505.

Set up an automated account

When you set up an account with a required deposit, you receive a 15% discount on parking rates. Each time you park, your account is charged. Call Central Parking at 303.292.1505 to set up an automated account.

Additional information

Exemptions

There are no exemptions from parking fees after 24 hours.
If your vehicle is registered to an address outside RTD boundaries you may apply for an exemption from out of district parking fees if you meet any of the following criteria:

  • Recently moved into District: People who recently moved to an address inside RTD boundaries from either Colorado or out-of-State who plan to update their vehicle registration within time limits prescribed by Colorado law.

  • U.S. military personnel: U. S. military personnel from out of state who are assigned to active duty in Colorado and who reside within RTD boundaries.

    Military exemption form
  • College students: College students currently enrolled in at least 10 credit hours, who attend classes a minimum of 3 days a week and temporarily reside within RTD boundaries while attending school.

    Student exemption form
  • Disabled drivers: Drivers whose vehicles display a valid disabled placard or license plate are exempt from paying parking fees for the first 24-hours. For parking that extends beyond the first 24-hours, a $2.00 daily fee applies. (No exemption form is required).

Enforcement

Nonpayment of applicable parking fees will result in any of the following violations:

  • First violation: warning
  • Second violation: $20
  • Third violation: $50
  • Fourth violation: $100
  • Fifth and subsequent violation: $100, boot or tow at owner's risk

If you disagree with your violation notice, you can fill out a violation dispute form or call 303.292.1505. Violations can be paid by calling 303.292.1505, or online. Patrons with a dispute have the right to a formal dispute hearing conducted by an appointed RTD Hearing Officer. Requests for such a hearing must be made in writing with 14 days of the occurrence to the Parking Program Manager, 1600 Blake Street Denver, CO 80202.

Alternatives to parking

Though we try to plan adequate space at all Park-n-Rides, certain locations fill up early. If they do, consider the following:

  • Take an RTD bus or Call-n-Ride to your Park-n-Ride, and ask the driver for a transfer when you board. Use it as a credit toward your fare on your connecting route.
  • Try another Park-n-Ride along your route.
  • Have someone drop you off and pick you up.
  • Start/join a carpool or vanpool.
  • Ride your bike, rent a bike locker or bring your bike with you on bus or light rail. RTD has a limited number of leased bike lockers available and many bike racks.

The fine print about Park-n-Ride and parking fees

RTD Park-n-Rides are for the specific use of transit passengers. Parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Covered and uncovered parking options vary by location. Drivers of vehicles who are in violation of the parking rules and fees may receive a warning, be ticketed, booted or towed at the owner’s expense. RTD is not responsible for loss, damage, or theft of your vehicle or belongings while parked at a Park-n-Ride. Central Parking manages and monitors all license plates daily at Park-n-Rides where parking fees apply.