In Denver, commuters have many options available for transit.  RTD is the primary transit operator in the Denver metro, but commuters can also ride Bustang from Fort Collins, Glenwood Springs, and Colorado Springs.  There are also transit services that provide rides to people with limited personal mobility.

There are over 40 RTD routes operating in the north metro area served by Smart Commute Metro North, providing access and mobility to residents and employees.

RTD:  RTD’s website is a great resource for understanding the transit system.  It has information about routes that are operating today, along with links to plans for future routes.

Mobile Ticketing:  No need for cash if you have your phone loaded with RTD’s mobile ticketing app. Local Day Passes and Regional/Airport Day Passes are now available. Simply download the app, purchase a pass before boarding a bus or train for the day and you are on your way. Tickets expire at 2:59 a.m. the day after purchase.

MyRide SMART CARD:  Introducing RTD’s new pre-loaded fare card! The smart card technology inside this cool little card deducts your fare each time you ride. You simply tap the card each time you board transit – it pays your fare, acts as your transfer, and even saves you a percentage off each trip. With MyRide, you don’t have to worry about carrying cash or asking for transfers.

RTD’s Schedules and Alerts:  If you are looking for a specific route and know your route number, you can go directly to find your route online from RTD’s complete schedule list.  You can also find rider alerts for specific routes on the route’s page – if an alert for a route is active, you’ll see “RIDER ALERTS” in red on the upper-right corner.

How to Ride Bus and Rail:  If you haven’t ridden a bus before, or want to know how to ride light rail or commuter rail, RTD’s website is full of guidance.

Plan your Transit Route!

Haven’t ridden the bus before?  Use our step-by-step guide to better understand the process for getting started on a transit commute.

  1. Research Your Options:  There is a one-stop-shop for regional commute information, and it is called My Way to Go.  You can quickly see what your transit route would look like compared to biking to work or finding a carpool partner.
  2. Detailed Route Research:  RTD’s System Map, only available online, provides a complete overview of every route operating in the RTD system, and it is a great way to get an idea of the transit service near your home or work.
  3. Route Itinerary Planner:  Once you have a good idea of the RTD routes available to you, you can use Google Maps to create your step-by-step itinerary.  Simply enter your work address, turn on the navigator, and enter your home address.  Once Google has built your driving itinerary, you can click on the “transit” icon tab to convert the itinerary to a transit route, which will include your walking route to and from stops and stations.

Mobile Information:  In January 2016, RTD released real-time transit information.  While RTD has not developed it’s own trip-planning mobile app, there are many third-party providers that you can use to track your bus or rail route in real time, and RTD’s Mobile Tools page lists them all.

Bikes and RTD:  Interested in combining biking with RTD?  Check out RTD’s Bike-n-Ride page, which provides detailed information about how to bring your bike on bus or rail, and bike locker options at many stations across the region.

Call-n-Ride’s Curb-to-Curb Service:  RTD provides a service called “Call-n-Ride” which is a reservation transportation service that provides transportation connections to every address within a service boundary.  The service costs local fare, and free transfers between RTD services apply.  To reserve a ride, passengers will need to call a specific phone number for the Call-n-Ride area they are in and schedule a time for their trip.  Service areas in the north metro include Brighton, Broomfield, Federal Heights, Longmont, and Thornton/Northglenn.

SkyRide to DIA:  Commuters from the north metro can ride to DIA on SkyRide, which takes travelers right to DIA Station next to the main terminal.  The AA route provides hourly service to and from the Wagon Road Park-n-Ride at 120th and I-25.

Sports Rides:  If you are traveling to a Rockies Game, to watch the Bronos, or to participate in the annual BolderBoulder, RTD will often have a special ride to get you where you want to go.  Before making your travel plans, check RTD’s website to see if you can ride RTD instead.

CDOT’s Bustang:  If you commute to downtown Denver from Fort Collins, Glenwood Springs, or Colorado Springs, you could check to see if Bustang might be an option for your commute.

Getting There Guide:  From the Denver Regional Mobility and Access Council (DRMAC), the Getting There Guide is intended to help bridge the transportation gap for citizens with limited mobility, thus helping them live as independently as possible.

SeniorRide:  Serving groups of ten or more people, SeniorRide is an essential service for the senior citizen community. Every year, SeniorRide transports thousands of senior citizens to a variety of cultural, educational and entertainment events.

Access-A-Ride:  RTD’s local bus transportation for people with disabilities. This service assists individuals who cannot access RTD’s fixed route bus and light rail system maintain their freedom to travel around the metro area.

A-Lift:  A service for Adams County residents who are 60 and over, or who are mobility challenged regardless of age. Persons needing transportation to medical and dental appointments, adult day and respite programs, grocery facilities or personal trips within 5 miles of residence may qualify to use this service.  Rides are available Monday-Friday 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and are provided at no fee. Donations are accepted to defray costs. Call the Senior’s Resource Center at 303-235-6972 for information.

VIA Transit:  The City of Brighton and the Town of Erie have contract service with Via Transit, a non-profit agency providing door-to-door service within Brighton and Erie. The service is available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 303-447-9636 for information.

Did You Know?
According to a recent article in the Washington Post, if your commute is the typical 26 minutes each direction, that works out to a total of nine full days a year spent traveling to work and back! If you have a 90 minute commute, you’re spending 3 hours a day on the road – that works out to more than a full month out of the year commuting!

Longer commutes are linked with increased rates of obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, back and neck pain, divorce, depression and death.