Facts & Figures

RTD by the numbers

Regional Transportation District

The Regional Transportation District was created in 1969 by the Colorado General Assembly to develop, operate, and maintain a mass transportation system for the benefit of 2.92 million people in RTD's service area. The 2,342 square mile district serves all or part of eight counties:

  • Boulder
  • Broomfield
  • Denver
  • Jefferson
  • Adams
  • Arapahoe
  • Douglas
  • Weld

RTD’s governing body is a 15-member elected Board of Directors, with each director elected by district for a four-year term. Each director district contains approximately 180,000 residents.

Our Mission

  • Meet our constituents’ present and future public transit needs by providing safe, clean, reliable, courteous, accessible, and cost-effective service throughout the district.
  • As a public agency, we are dedicated to serve the public and to meet the public needs for a transit agency.
  • We connect you with your community. We’ll take you from point A to point B safely, on time, and in clean and accessible vehicles.
  • Our priority is to offer you the best customer service. We want you to be satisfied with every trip you take on RTD.
  • We work to continuously improve our service. We listen to your suggestions and address your concerns because your voice is important to us.
  • We are committed to providing an affordable service to our customers.

Service statistics

  • Service Area population: 2.92 million
  • Cities and towns served: 40 municipalities in 6 counties plus 2 city/county jurisdictions
  • Square miles in service area: 2,342
  • Weekday regular fixed-route scheduled miles: 120,613
  • Annual regular fixed-route service miles operated: 44,368,116
  • Active bus stops: 9,077
  • Park-n-Ride facilities: 80 with 31,117 parking spaces
  • Total number of regular fixed routes: 172
    • Rail: 9
    • Local: 124
    • Limited: 16
    • Regional: 16
    • SkyRide: 3
    • Misc: 5 (Free MallRide, Free MetroRide, Art Shuttle, HOP, Senior Shopper)

Special services

  • Access-a-Ride
  • BroncosRide
  • BuffRide
  • Call-n-Ride (21 service areas)
  • CU/CSU football game
  • Race for the Cure
  • RockiesRide
  • RunRide (Bolder Boulder)
  • SeniorRide
  • Senior Shopper
  • Van Pool (DRCOG Commuter Services)

Active bus fleet

  • Total buses (all are wheelchair lift-equipped): 1,023
  • RTD-owned and operated: 590
  • RTD-owned, leased to private carriers: 434
  • Peak-hour buses required: 796 AM, 834 PM
  • Average age of fleet: 9.5 years
  • Annual diesel fuel consumption (RTD-operated buses only): 5.548 million gallons
  • Access-a-Ride cutaways: 323
  • Call-n-Ride Ride cutaways: 52

Rail

Light rail

  • Total vehicles: 172
  • Miles of track: 58.5
  • Stations: 62

Commuter rail

  • Total vehicles: 66
  • Miles of track: 29
  • Stations: 9

Ridership

December 2015 - November 2016

  • Average weekday boardings: 329,855
  • Annual boardings: 101,297,072

December 2014 - November 2015

  • Average weekday boardings: 339,300
  • Annual boardings: 103,377,797

December 2013 - November 2014

  • Average weekday boardings: 344,381
  • Annual boardings: 104,932,002

Financials

Total Operating Budget

  • 2016: $478.3 million
  • 2015: $466.7 million
  • 2014: $460.2 million

Staff

Budgeted number of RTD employees

  • Salaried: 779
  • Represented: 2,034
  • Total: 2,813

Private Contractor Employees

  • Fixed route: 1,033
  • Paratransit (ADA & Call-n-Ride): 641

Updated February 2017