RTD website and apps useful during upcoming seasonal infrastructure improvements and events

RTD Service Alerts, Next Ride apps provide real-time updates, best transit options to avoid delays and boost customer experience

The Regional Transportation District (RTD) is entering into a period of seasonal infrastructure improvements and events that will impact regular service. RTD encourages customers to take advantage of the agency website and transit apps to stay informed of changes to transit services and quickly find options for alternate routes to avoid delays.

Recent warmer weather and a return to in-person events mean more opportunities to get around town on bus and rail. However, concerts, rides, runs and spring maintenance in the coming weeks may also affect published bus and train schedules.

RTD offers several tools and mobile apps that are designed to improve customers’ transit experience, particularly as customers return to riding buses and trains. Capabilities include signing up to receive Service Alerts, finding nearby stops, looking up departure times, planning trips and viewing real time vehicle locations and arrival predictions while on the go.

In addition, RTD encourages customers to be partners in safety by downloading the agency’s Transit Watch app. RTD has measures in place to ensure employees and customers are safe, including cameras on vehicles and in facilities. With the Transit Watch safety program, customers can report unsafe conditions and behaviors, promoting a better transit experience for everyone.

Use the Next Ride web app to plan a trip and see bus and train locations in real time. Sign up for Service Alerts for specific route information.

Below is a list of upcoming events and planned work that may affect transit routes or scheduling:

Colfax Marathon: May 14-15

Some RTD bus and train services will experience detours from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. Sunday, May 15, due to the Colfax Marathon.

This year marks the 15th anniversary for the marathon, which will run through Denver and Lakewood. Race events take place on Saturday and Sunday, May 14-15, and may temporarily affect RTD light rail and bus routes that run along and across Colfax Avenue. Click here for more information.

LittletonMineral Station overhead wire replacement May 19-20

RTD will perform necessary maintenance that will affect light rail service on the D Line between Englewood and Littleton•Mineral stations on Thursday and Friday, May 19-20.

Crews will replace overhead wires at Littleton•Mineral Station beginning Thursday, May 19. Regular service will resume Saturday, May 21.

During the scheduled work, D Line trains will not operate on their regular routes. The trains will only run between downtown Denver and Englewood Station. Click here for more information.

Luke Combs concert, May 21

  • Some RTD bus and train services will experience detours from 6-11 p.m., Saturday, May 21, due to the Luke Combs concert at Empower Field at Mile High. RTD offers a variety of safe and reliable services that connect to Empower Field at Mile High Stadium.
    • Rail Service:
      • E and W Lines directly serve Empower Field at Mile High
    • Bus Service:
      • Some Local bus routes operate in the vicinity of Empower Field at Mile High:
        • 30 (South Federal Blvd)
        • 31 (North Federal Blvd)
      • Bus routes serving Union Station, which provides a simple transfer to light rail to reach Empower Field at Mile High:
        • 0, 9, 10, 15, 20, 32
        • 120X, LD
        • Flatiron Flyer
      • Bus Routes serving Decatur•Federal Station, which is a 10-minute walk from Empower Field at Mile High:
        • 1, 15L, 16, 31
    • In addition to regular schedules, certain rail lines will add trains to make final departures from Union Station at the following times:
      • B Line: 12:30 a.m.
      • C Line: 2:15 a.m. (special event train, regular C Line service remains suspended)
      • E Line: 1:48 a.m.
      • G Line: 12:35 a.m.
      • N Line: 12:26 a.m.
      • W Line: 1:58 a.m.

 RTD encourages customers to plan ahead and prepare for large crowds.

16th Street Mall Improvement MallRide detour extends to Champa beginning May 23

MallRide Champa Detour Map May 2022

The RTD Free MallRide shuttle continues to run during the 16th Street Mall Project, rerouted to 15th and 17th streets as needed. With the first phase of construction continuing to make progress, the Free MallRide detour will be extended two additional blocks beginning Monday, May 23. The extended detour will take place between Wazee and Champa streets through August. For more information on RTD’s Free MallRide detours, or to sign up for Service Alerts, click here. For more information about this work, visit RTD’s Free MallRide webpage.

RTD may sound train horns along N Line on May 26
On Thursday, May 26, RTD will conduct work on the signal technology at the Thornton Parkway and 100th Avenue crossings for the N Line. Service on the N Line is not expected to be affected; however, work may potentially require sounding of train horns.

RTD Free MallRide stop at Civic Center to be temporarily relocated beginning June 6     

RTD will temporarily relocate the Free MallRide stop at Civic Center Plaza to complete concrete repairs of the shuttle turnaround. The work will begin on Monday, June 6, and is expected to last through early August.

While planned improvements are underway, customers traveling to Civic Center Station will deboard at the corner of 16th Street and Broadway. Customers traveling toward Union Station will board the shuttle on 16th Street at Court Place. Check RTD’s MallRide Service Alerts page for more information.

The Free MallRide shuttle runs seven days a week between Civic Center Station and Union Station.

Surface improvements at Peoria Station Park-n-Ride: June 9 and 23
RTD will complete surface improvements at the Peoria Station Park-n-Ride lot in June. Work will include restriping of parking spaces and minor concrete and asphalt repairs.

Work will be performed in two phases.

    • Phase 1 – North side of lot: Thursday, June 9
    • Phase 2 – South side of lot: Thursday, June 23

Customers will not be able to access the sections of lot on the days in which maintenance will take place. Click here for more information.