What do you need to know about transit?

In Denver, commuters have many transit options available. RTD is the primary transit operator in the Denver metro; 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 more than 40 RTD routes operating in the north metro area, providing access and mobility to residents and employees.

RTD COVID-19 updates can be found here.

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: My Way to Go is a one-stop shop for regional commute information. You can 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. It is a great way to understand 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.



Regional Transportation District (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. Find additional RTD resources below.


RTD 2019 Fares Policy & Pass Programs Changes
RTD is making changes to its fares and pass programs, taking effect Jan. 2019. Learn more about fare prices, updated discounts, and more from this quick fact sheet.


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.


Mobile Ticketing & Mobile Information

Forget the lines and don’t worry about cash or exact change. If you have your phone loaded with RTD’s mobile ticketing app, you can pre-purchase tickets for the day of or for future use. Simply download the app, purchase your ticket, activate it before boarding a bus or train for the day, and you’re on your way. Activated tickets expire at 2:59 a.m. the day after purchase; unused/unactivated pre-purchased tickets expire 45 days after purchase.

RTD also releases real-time transit information. While RTD has not developed its own trip-planning mobile app, there are many third-party providers  you can use to track your bus or rail route in real time. RTD’s Mobile Tools page lists them all.


RTD LiVE Discounted Fares Program

The program provides a 40 percent discount to qualifying riders whose household incomes are at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level. Interested riders will have to qualify and enroll in the program to receive the discounted fare.



Introducing RTD’s new pre-loaded fare card! The smart card technology inside this 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 that route’s page. If an alert for a route is active, you’ll see “RIDER ALERTS” in red on the upper-right corner.


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/rail and bike locker options at many stations across the region.


RTD’s FlexRide (formerly Call-n-Ride) Service

RTD provides a service called Call-n-Ride which is a reservation transportation service that provides connections to every address within a service boundary. The service costs local fare; 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.



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.


Broomfield’s Easy Ride

Broomfield residents aged 60+ or with qualifying disabilities can access this free service for transportation to/from medical appointments, grocery shopping trips, personal trips, and more. Before scheduling rides, you must register by filling out a client information form.




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


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 Ave. and I-25.



If you are traveling to go see the Rockies, to watch the Broncos, 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.

Additional Transit Resources

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.

A-Lift: This service is for Adams County residents who are 60 years of age and older (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 cost. Donations, while not expected, are accepted. 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 303-447-2848 for information.

Did You Know?
According to an article from 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.