What we do

Our services

We connect people to places. We offer bus, rail, and an array of specialty services to meet our diverse customers’ needs. Whether you’re commuting to work, meeting friends, or running errands, RTD is everywhere you want to be with these great services:

Our operations

We work around the clock to keep our city moving. This means keeping your ride clean, safe, and reliable. With over 45 million miles driven annually, there are a lot of people behind the scenes to keep our vehicles and facilities in tip-top shape.

University of Colorado A Line travel commuters

We operate:

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Serving 2.8 million people

RTD ranks among the best public transit in the nation. According to a 2011 Brookings Institution study, 84% of Denver metro residents living in neighborhoods have access to public transit, which is 14% higher than the national average. Serving a population of over 2.8 million people and 2,340 square miles, that’s a lot of area to cover.

In 2015, we accounted for 103,377,797 boardings with an operating budget of $466.7 million.

new all-electric Free MallRide shuttles

Our fleet is comprised of:

  • 1,021 buses (all are equipped with wheelchair lift)
  • 172 light rail cars
  • 66 commuter rail cars
  • 52 Call-n-Ride vehicles
  • 323 Access-a-Ride vehicles
  • 36 Free MallRide buses
  • 12 Free MetroRide buses

Building for our future with FASTRACKS

In 2004 voters approved a multi-million dollar plan, known as FasTracks, to expand transit across the Denver metro region. The plan was designed to build tomorrow’s transportation network and meet our growing communities’ needs with more rail, improved bus service, and more parking. We received $2.3 million in federal funds to support the plan. At the time, it was the largest contribution ever made by the federal government for a public transportation expansion project.

B Line commuter trail to Westminster

This massive transit expansion project includes:

  • 3 new commuter rail lines
  • 1 new light rail line
  • 122 miles of new rail service
  • 18 miles of bus rapid transit
  • 57 new stations
  • 31 new Park-n-Rides
  • 21,000 new parking spaces
  • Redevelopment of Union Station as a major transportation hub
Learn more about FasTracks

Opening in 2016-2017

Plans are underway for the largest series of grand opening events in RTD history. In 2016, we opened bus rapid transit service, and two commuter rail lines. In 2017, we are opening one more commuter rail line and more light rail.

And beyond

Civic Center Transit District Plan

Now that the renovated Union Station has opened, it's time to focus on the other end of the 16th Street Mall and turn another major urban transit hub into a new downtown anchor.

Civic Center Transit District Plan will establish a long-term vision and implementation plan to transform Civic Center Transit District into a model of how to connect bicycles, pedestrians and vehicles within a very active, yet constrained urban area.

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Civic Center Station Rehabilitation Project

After serving as a major transit hub for more than three decades, Civic Center Station can use a facelift. The new state-of-the-art design proposes a complete renovation of the site to make your ride more enjoyable.

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16th Street Mall Transit-Way

Since its construction nearly 30 years ago, the 16th Street Mall’s aging infrastructure has reached its design life span and updates and/or maintenance are needed to ensure the Mall’s continued success. Ongoing concerns with both pedestrian and mall vehicle safety, along with the significant cost of maintenance, have led to the consideration of replacing the transit-way (travel lanes) with an alternative surface.

Learn more 16th Street Mall Transit-way alternate traffic surface

East Colfax Transit Enhancements

RTD bus routes 15 and 15L serve as many passengers per day as some of our light rail corridors. Soon, the East Colfax corridor will receive transit enhancements to better serve our riders. These enhancements include improved bus shelters, additional security cameras, queue bypass lanes, transit signal priority and stop relocations.

Learn more East Colfax Transit Enhancements map