Partners in Safety

We believe in great partnerships

Partners in safety is a collaborative effort between RTD employees, our passengers, and the general public. As community partners, we all need to work together to create awareness of safety issues and take actions that promote a safer environment around our buses, trains, tracks, and crossings.

Train safety tips

  • Cross only at designated crossings and follow traffic rules.
  • Always look both ways before crossing rail tracks.
  • Never walk, bike or drive across rail tracks when you see a moving train or red traffic signal.
  • Stand behind the yellow warning lines on rail platforms until the train stops and the doors open.
  • Never walk or bike along train tracks.
  • Never lean against train doors.
  • Never climb between train cars.
  • Never skateboard, skate, or ride a bike on the platform, stairs or escalators.
  • Stay away from the overhead train power lines.
  • Trains are quiet, be super alert.

Bus safety tips

  • Wait on the sidewalk away from the curb, not in or near the street.
  • Buses have blind spots, don’t follow too closely.
  • When using bike racks, exit the front door and remind driver, stay in view of the driver.
  • Never cross in front of a bus or between buses after exiting.
  • Remain seated while approaching your bus stop.
  • Use handrails when boarding or exiting the bus.

General safety tips

  • Never chase or hit a moving bus or train.
  • Never try to outrun a bus or train.
  • If you drop something when exiting, leave it on the ground until the bus or train drives away.
  • Watch your step, especially at night or in wet weather.
  • Take a seat if possible, or use handrails while vehicle is in motion.

Night Stop

RTD offers a night stop service along all local RTD bus routes, except the downtown Denver area bordered by 11th Ave, Grant St, 23rd St, Speer Blvd, and I-25, due to the frequency of established stops and numerous police patrols. The service is provided as a safety measure for anyone who request to be dropped off at any safe location along the route. Inform the bus driver you would like a night stop, at least one block in advance of your final destination.

The service is available mainly after the evening rush-hour from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning, and is for unaccompanied (not including children) deboarding passengers only. The driver will determine a safe deboarding location and ask that you exit through the front door of the bus.

Be the one to save a life

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US. Suicide rates increased in nearly every state from 1999 through 2016. Mental health conditions are often seen as the cause of suicide, but suicide is rarely caused by any single factor. In fact, many people who die by suicide are not known to have a diagnosed mental health condition at the time of death. Other problems often contribute to suicide, such as those related to relationships, substance abuse, physical health and job, financial, legal or housing stress.

What can we do to prevent suicide?

  1. Feeling like a burden
  2. Being isolated
  3. Increased anxiety
  4. Feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  5. Increased substance use
  6. Looking for a way to access lethal means
  7. Increased anger or rage
  8. Extreme mood swings
  9. Expressing hopelessness
  10. Sleeping too little or too much
  11. Talking or posting about wanting to die
  12. Making plans for suicide
  1. Ask
  2. Keep them safe
  3. Be there
  4. Help them connect
  5. Follow up

Reach out to Colorado Crisis Services

Safety message for the month

Did you know, on average, 42 percent of reported home fires began with a Christmas tree? More than 55 percent of home fires involved home decorations combined with unattended candles. As you prepare your holiday celebration, remember, following a few simple safety tips can keep you and your family safe this holiday season.

Holiday safety tips:

  • Inspect electrical decorations for damage before use. 
Cracked or damaged sockets, loose or bare wires, and loose connections may cause a serious shock or start a fire.
  • Do not overload electrical outlets. 
Overloaded electrical outlets and faulty wires are a common cause of holiday fires. Avoid overloading outlets and plug only one high-wattage into each outlet at a time. 
  • Never connect more than three strings of incandescent lights. 
More than three strands may not only blow a fuse, but can also cause a fire.
  • Keep trees fresh by watering daily. 
Dry trees are a serious fire hazard.
  • Use battery-operated candles.  
Candles start more than half of home decoration fires (NFPA).
  • Keep combustibles at least three feet from heat sources. 
A heat sources that was too close to the decoration was a factor in half of home fires that began with decorations (NFPA).
  • Protect cords from damage. 
To avoid shock or fire hazards, cords should never be pinched by furniture, forced into small spaces such as doors and windows, placed under rugs, located near heat sources, or attached by nails or staples. 
  • Check decorations for certification label. Decorations not bearing a label from an independent testing laboratory such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Canadian Standards Association (CSA), or Intertek (ETL) have not been tested for safety and could be hazardous. 
  • Stay in the kitchen when something is cooking. 
Unattended cooking equipment is the leading cause of home cooking fires (NFPA).
  • Turn off, unplug, and extinguish all decorations when going to sleep or leaving the house.  
Unattended candles are the cause of one in five home candle fires. Half of home fire deaths occur between the hours of 11pm and 7am (NFPA).

Become a partner in safety by taking the safety pledge:

I pledge to be safe around buses and trains.

pledges so far

Together, we can make our buses and trains safer for everyone.