BusEventService Disruption

Annual Parade of Lights to affect RTD bus, rail service in downtown Denver

Pauline Haberman

The Regional Transportation District (RTD) is planning detours and other service adjustments to several bus routes and rail lines this weekend to accommodate the annual 9News Parade of Lights in downtown Denver.

The Parade of Lights takes place at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 and will affect RTD services 3–9:30 p.m. The annual parade features illuminated floats, giant helium-filled character balloons, marching bands, traditional equestrian units and vibrant cultural displays.

The parade will assemble at 14th Avenue and Bannock Street and will travel through downtown Denver along Tremont, 17th, Arapahoe, 15th and Glenarm streets. RTD services will be modified or suspended to accommodate the parade.

Customers using routes affected by the events should allow extra time for delays and detours, which may affect scheduled connecting bus and rail trips.

Bus service:

• Routes 0, 1, 6, 8, 9, 10, 15, 15L, 16, 19, 20, 28, 38, 43, 44, 48, 52 and the Free MallRide (service on the MallRide will be suspended 3–9:30 p.m.) • Bus detours are expected to last 3–9:30 p.m.; Normal service will resume as crowds clear

Train service (D, H, L lines):

• The D and H lines traveling to downtown Denver will end service at the Theatre District•Convention Center Station 3–9:30 p.m., with regular service returning as crowds clear • The light rail stations at both 16th and 18th streets on Stout and California streets will be closed during the event • L Line service will be suspended beginning at 3 p.m. Service will resume on Sunday, Dec. 3; customers are encouraged to consider using bus Route 43 as an alternative service

Customers are encouraged to use RTD’s Next Ride web app to plan their trip, view other options and receive Service Alerts. For more information, call Customer Care at 303.299.6000.

By Pauline Haberman