Yield to Bus
How Does the Law Work?
In an effort to enhance the flow of traffic, improve transit reliability, and make roads safer for everyone, Colorado created the Yield to Bus Law. Motorists must yield the right-of-way to transit buses merging into traffic from a bus stop.
When an RTD bus signals its intention to re-enter traffic, all drivers approaching from the rear or in the lane adjacent to the bus are required to slow down or stop to allow the bus to merge.
Is There a Penalty for Not Yielding to a Bus?
Yes, the failure to yield is a moving Class A traffic violation, punishable with a fine and points on your driver's license.
What Should I Do When I See a Merging Bus?
Be smart, responsible, and use your best judgment. Follow these simple guidelines.
- Always use caution
- Watch for the illuminated Yield to Bus light on the back of all RTD buses
- Slow down or stop to allow the bus to merge back into traffic
- Safely change lanes if you no longer want to travel behind the bus
- Do not attempt to change lanes quickly to overtake the bus
- Do not speed up to prohibit the bus or other motorists from entering the lane
Thank you for your cooperation in helping to make our roads safer.
Yield to Bus
RTD offers a night-stop service along all local RTD bus routes, except the Downtown area bordered by 11th Avenue, 23rd Street, Speer Boulevard, and I-25 due to the frequency of established stops and numerous police patrols. Riders can request a night stop from the bus driver at least one block in advance of their final destination at any safe location along the route.
The service is available mainly after the evening rush hour from 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. the following morning and is for unaccompanied (not including children), deboarding passengers only. The driver will determine a safe deboarding location and ask that you exit through the front door of the bus.