Each fall, operators who have gone 16 consecutive years without having an accident are recognized at RTD’s annual employee awards ceremony. Twenty-three bus operators were recognized in 2019.
Safety is a core value at RTD, for ourselves and those in the communities we serve. Although we work hard to make safety a part of everything we do, there are ongoing instances of unsafe behavior near our rail system.
With suicide being the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, most of us have been touched by this tragedy in some way or know someone who has. We may have lost someone close to us or been moved by the loss of someone we may have never met.
The Regional Transportation District (RTD)’s Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) recently welcomed five new members. The 17-member CAC is comprised of residents from around the region, representing a wide variety of backgrounds, interests and professional experiences.
Since April 22, RTD’s Bus Operations Training division has trained more than 920 bus operators on the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) training and Smith System of driving.
As we get our region moving again, transit riders are looking for the best options to plan their daily commute, while remaining safe. This leads to the question, “How is RTD improving its methods of delivering real-time information to better serve its riders?”
RTD passengers are required to wear face coverings on buses and trains and while waiting or using stations and stops, unless they have a disability that inhibits the use of a face covering.
In 1994, RTD’s first rail line—the Central Corridor or “D Line”—opened in Denver. The D Line originally connected 30th · Downing Station to I-25 · Broadway.
In March, as the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic grew, RTD, like other businesses and government entities, scrambled to source personal protective equipment, hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies, like Clorox wipes.
Friday, June 19, marks Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.
It’s no secret that Coloradans love the great outdoors. As the weather warms up, more people utilize bikes for recreation and transportation. To celebrate Colorado’s love of bikes, June has been designated Colorado Bike Month.
Public transportation exists as a means to ensure everyone has an equal chance of getting to their destination. It’s about making connections. This has always been its purpose, no matter what transit has looked like in the past. But, what will public transportation look like in the future?
Safety Compliance Officer Matt Cross used his COVID‐19 pandemic stay-at-home requirement time to complete a decades-long project.
This last year has been difficult. Due to the operator shortage, we had to cancel trips often with little notice. This was a major inconvenience, particularly for light rail commuters. With the COVID-19 pandemic, ridership has declined 70%, necessitating a 40% reduction in service.
How many times have you been asked who you would pick to be stranded on a desert island with? Did you pick your closest friend or significant other? What about the person who makes you laugh the most? Odds are good that if you know Richard Rost, you would pick him.
Colorado is susceptible to drought. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, the longest consecutive period of recorded drought in the state took place between 2001 and 2009 when we experienced it for 395 straight weeks.
During a time when we are all doing our part and staying home, going for a walk can help keep us physically, mentally and emotionally healthy. People are taking to the streets all over the metro area to dispel their cabin fever and feel a sense of normalcy.
We’ve all seen the rotating image of what it looks like to transport 200 people. The image of nearly 200 cars on the road embodies gridlock. As the image rotates you see that the same amount of passengers fit on three buses or alternately one train.
Almost daily, RTD gets asked about the cleaning of our buildings, buses and trains in light of the coronavirus.
Dear RTD Operators,
Today, March 18, is Transit Driver Appreciation Day. Words cannot express our gratitude for all that you do to reliably deliver riders to their destinations every day and night, but we’ll try.
RTD recently held an Innovation Fair to celebrate employees that have come up with new and better ways to get their jobs done. Several innovations were showcased that improve operations and the service we provide to our riders.
RTD’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) office within the agency’s Civil Rights Division partnered with Canine Partners of the Rockies (CaPR) to visit several bus divisions to demonstrate what a true, well-behaved service animal looks like.
From their Twitter feeds to their leather-bound planners, individuals and institutions are taking the turn of the New Year as a good time to reflect, recalibrate, reimagine.