RTD honors its 50th anniversary with rider appreciation events today

Public is invited to join official celebration next week, when we’ll party like it’s 1969

DENVER (July 1, 2019) – The Regional Transportation District (RTD) is throwing back to the year of its establishment 50 years ago today with rider appreciation events in each of the transit agency’s 15 districts. During the morning and evening rush hours, staff will hand out giveaways, answer questions and invite the public to share in the official celebration on Friday, July 12, when we’ll party like it’s 1969.

RTD was established on July 1, 1969, by the 47th session of the Colorado General Assembly. In 1973, RTD began acquiring privately owned bus companies in the Denver-Boulder metro area, improved service frequencies and expanded routes in numerous metro counties. By 1976, annual ridership had grown to 35.2 million riders. Currently, RTD serves approximately 100 million riders per year.

Join us for giveaways at rider appreciation events today at stations across the region. Details are as follows:

Who: RTD passengers

What: Rider appreciation in honor of 50 years of service

When: 6:30-8:30 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. today

Where: 6:30-8:30 a.m.: Littleton/Mineral; U.S. 36 & Broomfield; U.S. 36 & Sheridan; Thornton Park-n-Ride; Olde Town Arvada Park-n-Ride and garage; Federal Center; Bergen Park Park-n-Ride; and U.S. 36 & Table Mesa Park-n-Ride. 4-6 p.m.: I-25 & Broadway; 40th Ave. & Airport Blvd.-Gateway Park; Sheridan; Englewood; Nine Mile; Iliff; and Lincoln.

Arrive early, as giveaways will go fast.

Next week, get ready to break out the bell bottoms and tie-dye when RTD commemorates its 50th anniversary from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 12, with a celebration on the plaza in front of Union Station featuring RTD information booths, food trucks, rockin’ tunes from 1969, noted speakers and other family-friendly activities.


The Regional Transportation District celebrates 50 years of service this year. The transit agency develops, operates and maintains a public transportation system that meets the needs of close to 3 million people within an eight-county service area in the Denver Metro region. The agency’s buses, rail lines, shuttles and additional services provide 100 million annual passenger trips. For more information, visit rtd-denver.com, call 303-299-6000 and follow along on social media: www.facebook.com/RideRTD, on Twitter @Ridertd@ridertd on Instagram and rideRTDco on YouTube.