Welcoming Transit Environment
The safety and security of RTD’s customers, employees, and all who use the agency’s services and facilities are of the utmost importance to RTD. In every regard, the public entrusts RTD to deliver them to their final destination in a manner that is safe, comfortable, and dependable.
Quiet zones are implemented along railroad segments to lessen the noise impact to neighborhoods closest to the tracks. But quiet zones may not always be quiet — many situations exist that require the use of train horns.
Multi-Agency Ticketing and Trip Planning Integration
The AIM program supports projects that can accelerate the development, implementation and adoption of innovative technologies, practices, and service models to improve mobility and enhance the rider experience, with a focus on innovative service delivery models, creative financing, novel partnerships, and integrated payment solutions. RTD was one of only 25 recipients of this funding nationwide.
Transit Partnership Projects
RTD's partners have worked hard to implement projects in the region that improve the speed, reliability, and access to transit services. This page summarizes how the projects were implemented, the amount of funding needed, and how the projects have benefited public transit.
Transit Signal Priority
Traffic Signal Priority (TSP) is an operational strategy that facilitates the movement of transit vehicles (usually those in-service) through traffic-signal controlled intersections. TSP is considered to be one of the popular transit management strategies that can be used to help transit service become more reliable, faster, and more cost-effective.
Quality of Life
The Quality of Life (QoL) Study is RTD's data-driven evaluation of progress toward meeting the FasTracks Program goals. The Study focuses on the “quality of life” in the context of those areas most affected by transit improvements and those specifically addressed in the FasTracks Plan: mobility, environment, economic activity, development, and land use.
Battery Electric Bus Fleet
RTD currently has one of the largest electric bus fleets in the country according to APTA’s 2019 Vehicle Database.
Transit Oriented Development Projects
As the Denver region's public transit agency, RTD plays an important role in the implementation of Transit-Oriented Development (TOD). TOD is characterized by a pedestrian-oriented environment that allows people to live, work, shop and play in places accessible by transit.
15L Improvement Project
The RTD bus routes 15 and 15L that travel along East Colfax carry more passengers per day than any other bus route in RTD's system and even more than some of our light rail corridors. There are two projects in the works that will transform the future of transit on East Colfax and provide improvements to better serve RTD riders.
Transit App Collaboration
Through a new collaboration with RTD and Masabi, Denver travelers can now use the Transit app to identify when the next train or bus is arriving and purchase their to ticket to ride all within the app. This opportunity enables our region’s riders to be among the first in the world to plan and pay for trips involving multiple modes...
61AV is a partnership between various stakeholders that will introduce an autonomous vehicle demonstration on a public roadway in a very small defined geographic area in Denver. Through a phased implementation, the project will connect passengers from 61st and Peña Commuter Rail Station to the bus stop at 61st and Tower Road.
RTD actively pursues collaboration efforts that integrate new mobility services with traditional public transportation. As such, we are proud to announce an exciting new collaboration with Uber. Starting in January 2019 users in the Denver area will be able to choose public transportation as an option directly through the Uber app!
RTD and Lyft continuously collaborate on ways to help riders get to their first and last mile destinations. Both organizations work together to improve traffic flow by offering alternatives to single-occupancy vehicles.
First Mile Last Mile Strategy
First and Last Mile (FLM) focuses on improving access to and from transit for a wider breadth of people will ultimately lead to a better catchment for transit ridership. This includes providing better access to transit for multiple transportation modes, rather than focusing on one specific mode, such as car parking, and introducing new incentives and travel options to access...
Mobility Choice Blueprint
The 2030 Mobility Choice Blueprint is a collaborative strategy to prepare the Mile High region for rapidly changing technologies that are transforming the way we travel. We are helping to define the region’s mobility future through a more connected, mobile, adaptable and user-driven network.
Regional Bus Rapid Transit Feasibility Study
RTD has partnered with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) to conduct the Regional Bus Rapid Transit Feasibility Study. The study will explore opportunities to implement bus rapid transit service throughout the region to address growing travel demand and support current and future RTD FasTracks projects.
Bus Stop Consolidation
As traffic continues to worsen across the Denver metro area, RTD makes changes to our bus and rail system that are necessary in order to provide the most productive and efficient transit system for our passengers and the communities we serve. We have started consolidating bus stops that are underutilized or bus stops that are within close proximity to other...
State Highway 119 BRT Study
The metro area ranks among the nation’s most livable communities, but also one of the most congested. With the opening of the W and R light rail lines, and the University of Colorado A and B commuter rail lines, RTD’s next priority is to address the transportation needs and ease congestion in the northern communities with bus rapid transit along...
Civic Center Station Revitalization
Civic Center Station has served as one of RTD’s regional bus transit centers and been a part of the downtown landscape for decades. And now, it’s time for this downtown transit hub to be revitalized with two projects that will transform Civic Center Station for the future - the Civic Center Rehabilitation Project and the Civic Center Transit District Plan.
Commuter Rail Maintenance Facility
In July 2015, RTD opened a state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly maintenance facility for the new commuter rail vehicles, which serve the A Line (East Rail Line) and the B Line (Northwest Rail Line). Approximately 240 mechanics, operators and other staff will work out of this innovative, LEED Gold certified building.
FasTracks is RTD's voter-approved transit expansion program - the largest in the nation - transforming transportation through the Denver metro area. When complete, FasTracks will create better access and more transit options across all of our communities. That's more rail, improved bus service, more parking, and improved roadways and bridges for our passengers.
16th Street Mall Project
Since its construction nearly 30 years ago, the Mall’s aging infrastructure has reached its design life span and updates and/or maintenance are needed to ensure the Mall’s continued success. Pedestrian and mall vehicle safety and the significant cost of maintenance have led to the consideration of replacing the transit-way (travel lanes) with an alternative surface.
Boulder Junction at Depot Square Station
This 160-acre redevelopment area in Boulder is a mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented neighborhood with regional transit connections and public spaces that will benefit the community for years to come. The new Boulder Junction Station, an underground bus facility, opened on August 16, 2015.