We connect people to places. We offer bus, rail, and an array of specialty services to meet our diverse customers’ needs. Whether you’re commuting to work, meeting friends, or running errands, RTD is everywhere you want to be with these great services.
We work around the clock to keep our city moving. This means keeping your ride clean, safe, and reliable. With over 45 million miles driven annually, there are a lot of people behind the scenes to keep our vehicles and facilities in tip-top shape.
- Over 10,000 bus stops
- Over 140 bus routes
- 96 Park-n-Ride facilities with over 31,000 parking spaces
- 113 miles of rail track, 78 rail stations, 12 rail lines (University of Colorado A Line, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, L, N, R and W)
- Four transit stations - Boulder Junction at Depot Square Station, Downtown Boulder Station, Civic Center Station, and Union Station Transit Center
- An innovative 230,000 square feet LEED Gold certified Commuter Rail Maintenance Facility
Serving 3.08 million Million People
RTD ranks among the best public transit in the nation. According to a 2011 Brookings Institution study, 84% of Denver metro residents living in neighborhoods have access to public transit, which is 14% higher than the national average. Serving a population of over 3.08 million people and 2,342 square miles, that’s a lot of area to cover.
In 2018, we accounted for 97,606,769 boardings with an operating budget of $675.5 million.
Our Fleet is Comprised of:
- 1,026 buses (all are equipped with wheelchair lift)
- 172 light rail cars
- 66 commuter rail cars
- 54 FlexRide vehicles
- 344 Access-a-Ride vehicles
- 36 Free MallRide buses
- 12 Free MetroRide buses
Building for Our Future with FasTracks
In 2004 voters approved a multi-million dollar plan, known as FasTracks, to expand transit across the Denver metro region. The plan was designed to build tomorrow’s transportation network and meet our growing communities’ needs with more rail, improved bus service, and more parking. We received $2.3 million in federal funds to support the plan. At the time, it was the largest contribution ever made by the federal government for a public transportation expansion project.
This Massive Transit Expansion Project Includes:
- 4 new commuter rail lines
- 1 new light rail line
- 122 miles of new rail service
- 18 miles of bus rapid transit
- 57 new stations
- 31 new Park-n-Rides
- 21,000 new parking spaces
- Redevelopment of Union Station as a major transportation hub
In 2016, we opened bus rapid transit service, and two commuter rail lines. In 2017, we opened more light rail. In 2019, we opened one more commuter rail line to Arvada and Wheat Ridge with the G Line and also opened the E, F, and R Extension through Lone Tree. In 2020, we opened the N Line with commuter rail service through Denver, Commerce City, Northglenn and Thornton.
Denver to Boulder and everywhere in-betweenJanuary 4, 2016
Denver to DIA in 37 minutesApril 22, 2016
Westminster to downtown in 11 minutesJuly 25, 2016
Wheat Ridge to Denver in 26 minutesApril 26, 2019
Thornton to Denver in 29 minutesSeptember, 2020
Aurora to Lone Tree with time to spareFebruary 24, 2017
Civic Center Transit District Plan
The Civic Center Transit District Plan transformed Civic Center Transit District into hub to connect bicycles, pedestrians and vehicles within a very active, yet constrained urban area.
Civic Center Station Rehabilitation Project
After serving as a major transit hub for more than three decades, Civic Center Station received a facelift.
16th Street Mall Transitway
Since its construction nearly 30 years ago, the 16th Street Mall’s aging infrastructure has reached its design life span and updates and/or maintenance are needed to ensure the Mall’s continued success. Ongoing concerns with both pedestrian and mall vehicle safety, along with the significant cost of maintenance, have led to the consideration of replacing the transit-way (travel lanes) with an alternative surface.
East Colfax Transit Enhancements
RTD bus routes 15 and 15L serve as many passengers per day as some of our light rail corridors. Soon, the East Colfax corridor will receive transit enhancements to better serve our riders. These enhancements include improved bus shelters, additional security cameras, queue bypass lanes, transit signal priority and stop relocations.