At a Glance

The Regional Transportation District was created in 1969 by the Colorado General Assembly to develop, operate, and maintain a mass transportation system for the benefit of 3.08 million people in RTD's service area. The 2,342 square miles district serves all or part of eight counties:

  • Boulder
  • Broomfield
  • Denver
  • Jefferson
  • Western Adams
  • Western Arapahoe
  • Northern Douglas
  • Weld

RTD’s governing body is a 15-member elected Board of Directors, with each director elected by district for a four-year term. Each director district contains approximately 180,000 residents.

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OUR MISSION

  • Meet our constituents’ present and future public transit needs by providing safe, clean, reliable, courteous, accessible, and cost-effective service throughout the district.
  • As a public agency, we are dedicated to serve the public and to meet the public needs for a transit agency.
  • We connect you with your community. We’ll take you from point A to point B safely, on time, and in clean and accessible vehicles.
  • Our priority is to offer you the best customer service. We want you to be satisfied with every trip you take on RTD.
  • We work to continuously improve our service. We listen to your suggestions and address your concerns because your voice is important to us.
  • We are committed to providing an affordable service to our customers.

SERVICE STATISTICS

  • Service Area population: 3.08 million
  • Cities and towns served: 40 municipalities in 6 counties plus 2 city/county jurisdictions
  • Square miles in service area: 2,342 square miles
  • Weekday regular fixed-route scheduled miles: 141,621 (includes rail, Free MallRide, Free MetroRide)
  • Annual regular fixed-route service miles operated: 59,239,576 (includes rail)
  • Active bus stops: 9,800
  • Park-n-Ride facilities: 89 with 36,021 parking spaces
  • Total number of regular fixed routes: 142
    • Commuter Rail: 4
    • Light Rail: 8
    • Local: 86
    • Limited: 14
    • Regional: 23
    • SkyRide: 3
    • Misc: 5  (Free MallRide, Free MetroRide, Englewood Trolley, Boulder’s HOP, and Senior Shopper)

SPECIAL SERVICES

  • Access-a-Ride
  • BolderBoulder (RunRide)
  • BroncosRide
  • BuffRide
  • FlexRide (23 Service Routes)
  • SeniorRide
  • Van Pool (DRCOG Commuter Services)

ACTIVE BUS FLEET

  • Total buses (all are wheelchair lift-equipped): 1,026
  • RTD-owned and operated: 593
  • RTD-owned, operated by private carriers: 437
  • Peak-hour buses required: 8:08 a.m., 8:41 p.m.
  • Average age of fleet: 6.29 years (revenue)
  • Annual diesel fuel consumption  (RTD-operated buses only): 5.214 million gallons
  • Access-a-Ride cutaways: 343
  • FlexRide cutaways: 63

RAIL

Light rail

  • Total vehicles: 201
  • Miles of track: 60.1
  • Stations: 57

Commuter rail

  • Total vehicles: 66
  • Miles of track: 53
  • Active Stations: 21

Rail Station Activity: May to August 2019

RIDERSHIP

December 2018 - November 2019

  • Annual boardings: 95,041,289* (*105,823,906 boardings including Free MallRide and Free MetroRide)
    • Bus boardings: 59,685,633 (excluding Access-a-Cab or vanpools)
      • Access-a-Ride: 853,936
    • Rail boardings:
      • Light rail: 24,585,300
      • Commuter rail: 9,711,377

December 2017 - November 2018

  • Average weekday boardings: TBD
  • Annual boardings: 97,606,769

December 2016 - November 2017

  • Average weekday boardings: 336,576
  • Annual boardings: 100,942,818

December 2015 - November 2016

  • Average weekday boardings: 329,855
  • Annual boardings: 101,297,072

December 2014 - November 2015

  • Average weekday boardings: 339,300
  • Annual boardings: 103,377,797

 

FINANCIALS

 

Total Operating Budget

  • 2020: $739.7 million
  • 2019: $743.3 million
  • 2018: $675.5 million
  • 2017: $626.1 million
  • 2016: $563.0 million
  • 2015: $466.7 million

Budgeted number of RTD employees

  • Salaried: 870
  • Represented: 2,018
  • Total: 2,888

Private Contractor Employees

  • Fixed route: 953
  • Paratransit  (ADA & FlexRide): 655
Updated September 2020