RTD’s University of Colorado A Line has carried 20 million riders

Rider appreciation scheduled for Friday morning at Central Park Station 

DENVER (May 2, 2019) – The Regional Transportation District (RTD)and commuter rail concessionaire Denver Transit Partners (DTP) marked a milestone this week, with ridership reaching 20 million passengers on the University of Colorado A Line. RTD’s first commuter rail line has covered more than 8 million miles between downtown Denver and Denver International Airport since it began carrying the public in April 2016. 


RTD, DTP and Northeast Transportation Connections will honor commuter rail patrons on Friday morning at Central Park Station. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.


The popularity of the University of Colorado A Line has consistently exceeded projections since opening three years ago, with the line carrying an average of 20,600 weekday passengers this year through March. Ridership has grown steadily since it opened, and in January RTD introduced four-car trains to the corridor a full year ahead of schedule, doubling capacity on the rail line to accommodate the increasing volume of passengers. 


As RTD celebrates 50 years of service, the University of Colorado A Line has become an important part of transportation history. It is the first of three rail lines within the transit industry’s first successful public-private partnership (P3), as well as the first rail line to have federally required positive train control (PTC) technology implemented from the ground up. 


RTD continues to be a trailblazer, with the broader industry looking toward Denver to learn from the transit agency’s groundbreaking projects and initiatives. 


The federally funded Eagle P3commuter rail project has had a substantial effect on the metro Denver region’s economy, with more than $2 billion in direct economic impact (e.g., building and staffing) and more than $8 billion in indirect impact.


The University of Colorado A Line has a strong record of safety and reliability, as well as an on-time performance record this year to date of 92.4 percent.


Rider appreciation provided by Northeast Transportation Connections:


Who:               University of Colorado A Line riders   


What:              Rider appreciation celebrating 20 million passengers served


When:             6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Friday


Where:            Central Park Station, 8175 E. Smith Road, Denver





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@ridertdon Instagram and rideRTDcoon YouTube.