As you ride RTD, you’ll notice two distinct types of public art, art enhancements and site-specific pieces. Art enhancements are elements incorporated into the design of the transit station. These include windscreens, benches, canopies, railings, and other basic architectural features that provide functional and artistic benefits and make stations and terminals easily identifiable.
Site-specific commissioned art includes murals, mosaics, sculptures, and other imaginative installations created by artists to produce unique pieces that reflect the surrounding community and add an identifying element to the neighborhood.
Take A Tour of Art
You're probably familiar with art walks…but did you know that in metro Denver, you can take an art ride?
Thanks to RTD's Art-n-Transit program, you can enjoy an eclectic array of public art pieces at more than 45 rail stations and bus terminals throughout the metro area. Keep reading to learn more about the art behind the transit and then take a self-guided tour of the artwork.
We invite you to take a ride on RTD and get a first-hand glimpse at one of the metro area’s most innovative art collections.
Get a first-hand glimpse at one of the metro area’s most innovative art collections, all accessible by rail.
View art at some of RTD’s major bus facilities and see how art was thoughtfully incorporated into the design of benches, windscreens and bridges.
View a rail line map of Art-n-Transit installation locations.
What is Art-n-Transit?
Since 1994, the mission of RTD's Art-n-Transit program has been to enhance the design, aesthetic quality and user friendliness of transit projects, as well as to foster transit-oriented community development.
The Art-n-Transit program is based on RTD's belief that public art helps provide a stronger connection between neighborhoods and transit. Installing artwork at transit facilities creates a sense of community and provides opportunities to celebrate the diverse cultural, ethnic and historical richness of the many communities RTD serves. In addition to enhancing the beauty of the entire transit system, public art also helps discourage vandalism and graffiti.