Fast, easy and inexpensive--using RTD for holiday travel

Every year, Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday travel season. This year, Thanksgiving travel is projected to be the busiest in more than a decade, according to AAA. AAA projects more than 55 million Americans (16.8 percent of the population) will begin the holiday season with a trip of 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving, up 2.9 percent from last year.

A lot of those travelers will choose to fly. The Transportation Security Administration is predicting that this upcoming Thanksgiving holiday travel period — from Friday, Nov. 29 through Monday, Dec. 2 — more than 26.8 million passengers will go through security screening checkpoints nationwide. 

RTD offers several ways to get to the airport this holiday season. The University of Colorado A Line has 15-minutes frequencies from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 30-minute frequencies after 6 p.m., every day, even on holidays and weekends. Regional RTD buses AA, AB and AT also go to Denver International Airport (DIA). Local routes 145X and 169L can also get you to the airport.

“I am traveling for the holidays and I have traveled for the holidays in the past,” said transit user Dana Digange.

Dana uses the University of Colorado A Line to get to the airport for the holidays because it is cheaper and she doesn't have to worry about traffic.

“Overall, holiday travel is usually stressful and expensive,” said Dana. “I don't want to spend $50 on Lyft rides if I don't have to.”

Instead, Dana prefers to relax and take time to read on the train.

RTD passengers can buy a ticket on the Mobile Tickets app. You can buy tickets and passes anytime from anywhere by downloading the app. Tickets can be purchased for immediate use or purchased in advance for future travel. It’s fast, easy, and available when you’re on the go. Buying a ticket via the Mobile Tickets app allows you to bypass lines and ticket vending machines. You don’t have to worry about having exact change or losing your ticket. 

Using the Uber app is also an option. You can also compare prices and times of RTD and Uber services in the Uber app. Thanks to this collaboration with Uber, you can see, in real time, the price and time it takes on Uber vs. RTD. You can also purchase a ticket in the Uber app so you can get to an RTD Park-n-Ride or get to your destination from the Park-n-Ride.
Another collaboration that can help ease your travel worries is RTD’s partnership with the Transit app that allows you to purchase your RTD ticket within the app and navigate getting to the airport via public transportation.

Parking at most RTD Park-n-Rides is free for the first 24 hours for residents  in the RTD district and $4 per day for people outside of the district. Click here to find out if you are in RTD’s district. This is a cheaper option, as parking at the airport or at other garages near the airport can go from $6 per day to $18.95 per day.

So decrease headaches and stress by factoring in RTD in your travel plans.