At the Regional Transportation District, the safety and security of our riders is a top priority. Our system-wide safety plan encompasses safety topics related to RTD's operations, our passengers, motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. As a key member of the metro-area community, RTD is constantly working to create a safer transit environment.

With trains and buses always on the move, it is important to educate our riders and the public about the importance of safety on and around our transit system. RTD launched the Partners in Safety program in 2010, which is a collaborative effort between RTD employees, passengers and the public to create awareness of safety issues and take actions to promote a safer environment around our buses, trains, tracks and crossings.

RTD Safety Facts

  • More than 400 security team members to serve you.
  • More than 300 hours of specialized operator training to operate any vehicle.
  • Two dispatch centers with 911 certified operators who can connect you with emergency response resources whenever needed.
  • More than 12,000 cameras across our stations to deter criminal activity and secure footage to aid in investigations.

General Safety Tips

  • Never chase or hit a moving bus or train.
  • Never try to outrun a bus or train.
  • If you drop something when exiting, leave it on the ground until the bus or train drives away.
  • Watch your step, especially at night or in wet weather.
  • Take a seat if possible, or use handrails while vehicle is in motion.

Safety Quiz

  • Wherever you can see 1/4 mile in each direction
  • Only at designated crossing locations (correct answer)
  • Anywhere you can't see "No Trespassing" signs
  • It is never safe to cross the tracks

It is only safe to cross the tracks at designated crossings. Crossing anywhere else is unsafe and illegal. Always follow safety signage and obey warning devices like flashing red lights and gate arms.

  • One on every level is sufficient
  • Only in the kitchen
  • Inside each bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home (correct answer)
  • Smoke detectors do not need to be installed

When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Having a sufficient number of properly located smoke alarms is essential to maximizing your escape time. Test detectors monthly and replace the entire unit every ten years.

  • Inspect the bag to see if electrical wires, switches, or electronic devices are sticking out
  • Yell loudly to warn others about the potential threat
  • Try locating the owner of the bag
  • Evacuate the area and immediately report the bag to RTD Transit Watch (correct answer)

If you see an unattended bag or item that looks unusual or suspicious, evacuate the area and notify authorities immediately. Do not attempt to examine or move the bag. Contact the transit police through the RTD’s Transit Watch app available on Android and iOS.

  • Slow down and proceed cautiously past the bus
  • Stop until the flashing red lights are no longer operating (correct answer)
  • Continue driving and honk your horn to warn pedestrians you are passing
  • See up so you can get through the area as quickly as possible

You must stop at least 20 feet before reaching a stopped school bus with flashing red lights whether it is on your side of the road, the opposite side of the road, or at an intersection. You must remain stopped until the flashing red lights are no longer operating. Watch carefully for children near the school bus and children crossing the roadway before proceeding.

  • Remain seated while approaching your bus stop
  • Use handrails when boarding or exiting the bus
  • Hold on at all times while the vehicle is in motion if standing
  • Leave your luggage sitting in the aisle to make room for passengers to sit (correct answer)

Placing large items in the aisle is a safety hazard that prevents passengers from quickly evacuating the bus during an emergency. Able-bodied passengers traveling with large items, such as luggage, grocery caddies, and strollers must sit behind the bus Wheelchair Securement and Priority Seating areas and position their items so they are out of the aisle.

  • Make eye contact with drivers when crossing busy streets
  • Look up from your phone and pay attention
  • Do not cross the street in the middle of the road or between parked cars
  • All of the above (correct answer)

It is important for pedestrians to stay alert, be aware of their surroundings and obey traffic signs and signals. Stay visible to drivers at all times and make eye contact with them whenever possible. Pedestrians and drivers both share the responsibility of keeping themselves and others on the road safe.

Become a partner in safety by taking the safety pledge:

I pledge to be safe around buses and trains.

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Together, we can make our buses and trains safer for everyone.

Spring cleaning safety checklist:

  • Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors save lives. These detectors should be tested every month and batteries replaced at least once a year.
  • HEPA air purifiers and HVAC air filters – HEPA or high efficiency particulate air systems help eliminate small particles from the air in your home, which can be helpful for people with seasonal allergies. HVAC filters should be replaced on a regular basis to keep your HVAC system running efficiently. Furnace filters and air conditioning filters promote healthy living.
  • Check your medicine cabinet and first aid kits for outdated medications that should be properly disposed of, or check for items that need to be restocked like bandaids, antibacterial ointments, fever or pain reducers.
  • Visually inspect your home for water leaks or mold which can grow in cold, dark and damp places around your home. Mold can cause a variety of health issues from mild irritations to serious illnesses.
  • Spring cleaning can be tiring work. Do not rush or continue to work when you’re tired. Remember to take breaks, drink lots of water, and rest instead of being unsafe.
  • Be careful moving large pieces of furniture and appliances. Use the proper lifting technique and find someone for assistance for items too large for one person to move.
  • Be safe on ladders and step stools - having someone available to hold the ladder steady is good rule of thumb.
  • To prevent a fire hazard, clean dryer vents and chimney flues.
  • Remove tripping hazards by keeping stairs, landings, and walkways clear of boxes, bags and other clutter.
  • Always follow cleaning product labels, safety instructions and recommendations.
  • Wear a mask when cleaning dusty areas.
  • Put away all cleaning supplies when done as a preventative measure around children and pets.
  • Reevaluate your home’s security. Check all windows for locks and screens, and all door entrances for secure locks including garage doors. Garage door codes should be changed on a regular basis. Secure window wells, crawl spaces, porches, decks and fencing to make sure your yard is safe for you, kids and pets. Ensure locks on gates are secure. Install lighting and motion sensors, especially for back entrances that aren’t visible to the public.
  • An overall home inspection and necessary maintenance will keep your home safe for years to come