January 2021 Proposed Service Changes

Every day, activities such as traffic patterns, economic factors, ridership and customer feedback affect our transit system. These factors require us to evaluate service levels and propose service changes aimed to maximize existing resources, reduce duplication, and make better connections with bus, rail, and specialty services. Like many transit systems, we are also facing additional challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic, including significantly reduced ridership levels and budget shortfalls. As a result, we propose the following service changes to take effect on January 10, 2021. 

These service changes will take effect on January 10, 2021.

Routes Affected

Proposed Changes for Local/Limited Bus Routes

route 205
Discontinued

Due to low ridership, it is proposed to discontinue Route 205 between Lookout Rd/Gunpark and Heatherwood/Devonshire. 

route 0

Vehicle assignment changes are proposed to improve passenger capacity.

route 15

It is proposed to make running time adjustments to improve on-time performance.

route 16

It is proposed to increase service levels to address current capacity shortfalls. Additionally, running time adjustments are proposed to increase on-time performance.

route 20

It is proposed to decrease frequency from every 30 to every 60 minutes on Saturday and Sunday. 

route 28

It is proposed to shorten the western segment of the Route 28 at Wadsworth Boulevard/26th Avenue and interline with the Route 32. Route 28 would be extended on the east from the current terminal at 21st/Curtis to the 30th & Downing light rail station. This provides service along Washington St and Clarkson St, including Safeway and the senior high rises around 21st/Clarkson, then east on 22nd Avenue and north on Downing Street. Schedule adjustments to improve on-time performance are also proposed. 

route 31

It is proposed to increase service levels to address current capacity shortfalls.

route 34

Schedule adjustment to improve on-time performance are proposed. 

route 44

Schedule adjustment to improve on-time performance are proposed.

route 51

It is proposed to reduce weekend service span by eliminating the last three trips of the evening on Saturdays. 

route 225/225D/225E

Due to low ridership, it is proposed to reduce daily midday service frequency from every 30 to every 60 minutes. It is also proposed to reduce service hours to 7am–8pm on Saturdays and Sundays.  

route 228

Due to low ridership, it is proposed to reduce Route 228 service hours on weekdays to 8 a.m.–9.p.m. FlexRide is available within Louisville, Superior, as well as the Interlocken/Broomfield area to provide earlier service. It is also proposed to reduce service hours to 8 a.m.–8 p.m. on Saturdays, and 8 a.m.–6 p.m. on Sundays. 

Proposed Changes for Regional Bus Routes

route CS/CV
Discontinued

Due to very low ridership, it is proposed to suspend Route CV/CS between Pine Junction and Denver, replacing it with an RTD-paid Uber/Lyft service partnership and/or taxi voucher program. Consideration should also be given to DRCOG-coordinated carpool and vanpool options.

route ES/EV
Discontinued

Due to very low ridership, it is proposed to suspend Route EV/ES between Evergreen and Denver, and to replace it with an RTD-paid Uber/Lyft service partnership and/or taxi voucher program. Consideration should also be given to DRCOG-coordinated carpool and vanpool options.

route GS
Discontinued

Due to very low ridership, it is proposed to suspend Route GS between Boulder and Golden, and to replace it with an RTD-paid Uber/Lyft service partnership and/or taxi voucher program. Consideration should also be given to DRCOG-coordinated carpool and vanpool options. 

route LD

Schedule adjustment to improve on-time performance are proposed. 

route MallRide

It is proposed to reduce evening MallRide service frequency from 7.5 to 15 minutes and to reallocate resources to improve weekday morning rush-hour frequency to every 6 minutes.

Proposed Changes for Rail

route C

Due to higher demand to Central Downtown Denver it is proposed to suspend C Line service, and reinstate service on the D Line. Proposed adjustments would allow for northbound transfers toward Union Station, and southbound transfers toward Littleton•Mineral at I-25•Broadway.

route D
Modified

It is proposed to reinstate D Line service and adjust weekday service as follows: 30-minute frequency from 4:00 a.m.– 6:00 a.m., 15-minute frequency from 6:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m., and 30-minute frequency from 10:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m. Weekend service would operate from 4:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m., with 30-minute frequency from 4:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m., 15-minute frequency from 8:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m., and 30-minute frequency from 10:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m. Timed connections to the E Line can be made at I-25•Broadway.

route E
Modified

Due to low ridership in the late evening, and increased demand in the morning rush hour, it is proposed that weekday service be adjusted to 4:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m. with 30-minute frequency from 4:00 a.m.–6:00 a.m., 15-minute frequency from 6:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m., and 30-minute frequency from 10:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m. Weekend service hours would also be from 4:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m. with 30-minute frequency from 4:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m., 15-minute frequency from 8:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m., and 30-minute frequency from 10:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m. Timed connections to the D and H lines can be made at I-25•Broadway.

route F

It is proposed to continue suspension of F Line service. Alternate service would be available via the E Line. Proposed E Line adjustments would allow for timed connections to the D and H lines at I-25•Broadway.

route H
Modified

Due to low late-evening ridership, and increased demand for capacity during the morning weekday rush hour, it is recommended to adjust service hours to be consistent with the D and E lines. Adjusted weekday service hours will be from 4:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m. with 30-minute frequency from 4:00 a.m.–6:00 a.m., 15-minute frequency from 6:00 a.m.– 10:00 p.m., and 30-minute frequency from 10:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m. Weekend service hours will be from 4:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m. with 30-minute frequency from 4:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m., 15-minute frequency from 8:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m. and 30-minute frequency from 10:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m.  

route N

Minor schedule adjustments are anticipated after the September 2020 opening of the N Line.

route R
Modified

Due to low demand south of Lincoln, it is proposed to shift the southernmost terminal from RidgeGate to Lincoln, with service hours from 4:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m. on 30-minute frequency for weekdays and weekends.

route W
Modified

Due to low ridership in the evening and increased demand during the weekday morning rush hour, it is proposed to adjust service hours to 4:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m. 

Weekday frequency between Jeffco Government Center•Golden and Union Station would be 30 minutes from 4:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m. Weekday service frequency between Federal Center and Union Station would be 15-minues from 6 a.m.–10 p.m. 

Weekend service frequency would be 30-minutes between Jeffco Government Center•Golden and Union Station from 4:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m., and 15-minutes between Federal Center and Union Station between 8:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.