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2019

RTD encourages Rolling Stones concertgoers to plan for large crowds

RTD urges people who plan to use RTD bus and rail service to get to and from the Rolling Stones concert tomorrow at Broncos Stadium at Mile High to be prepared for long lines and crowded trains and buses. RTD will supplement its regularly planned service as needed and as extra resources are available.

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Work and Train Horns This Week

Work is scheduled to begin this week at two crossings along the University of Colorado A Line. As part of the required safety measures in place during this work, horns will be sounding as trains approach the crossings.

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RTD 61AV pilot program will conclude next week

After a six-month pilot program that began in late January, RTD will conclude service on the route 61AV Aug. 2. The autonomous vehicle (AV) route is testing the viability of using an AV in a transit environment to offer first- and last-mile connections.

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Enrollment in RTD’s LiVE Program Now Open

Enrollment in LiVE, RTD’s new, income-based fare discount program, begins today. The LiVE Program provides a 40 percent discount to qualifying riders whose household incomes are at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level.

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Blog: 25 Years of Public Enrichment and Art

As we celebrate RTD’s 50th birthday, we also have another significant milestone to celebrate. RTD’s Art-n-transit program turns 25 this year! Since 1994, RTD's Art-n-Transit program has enhanced the design, aesthetic quality and user friendliness of transit projects and fostered transit-oriented community development.

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Blog: From the Nation’s Capital to Colorado

Growing up in D.C., family outings have always included a trip on the Metro to the Smithsonian museums. After school activities end in public bus rides home. But summer visits to Colorado have introduced a voyage on the light rail to meet my family at Union Station.

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Multiple options available to public as a section of U.S. 36 remains closed

As repairs to eastbound U.S. 36 continue after large cracking was discovered on the roadway between Wadsworth and Church Ranch boulevards in Westminster, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and RTD are planning for significant traffic disruptions heading into the upcoming work week. In order to provide another option for the traveling public as we adjust to longer term routing options, in addition to a series of recommended detours, CDOT will be offering free travel on RTD's Flatiron Flyer and LD bus routes, in both directions, on Monday and Tuesday.

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Notice of Budget

Notice is hereby given that a Proposed Amended Budget will be submitted to the RTD Board of Directors for the current year of 2019.

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Wonder Woman Run and the L Line

Due to the Wonder Woman Run 5K/10K, there is no train service on the L Line on July 14 from 7am-9am between the Convention Center and 30th & Downing stations.

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Enrollment in RTD’s LiVE Program begins July 29

RTD is proud today to announce that enrollment will begin July 29 for LiVE, a new, income-based fare discount program that provides a 40 percent discount to qualifying riders whose household incomes are at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level.

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Join us as we celebrate our riders

RTD will host rider appreciation events in each of the transit agency’s 15 districts during the morning and evening rush hours. Staff will hand out giveaways, answer questions and invite the public to share in the official celebration Friday, July 12, when we will party like it’s 1969.

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Blog: We Will Ride!

On July 5, 1978, a group of wheelchair users surrounded the number 15 at Colfax and Broadway, climbed out of their wheelchairs, and lay down in the street. More wheelchair users surrounded the next bus to approach, and for two days, the Gang of 19, as they came to be called, chanted “We will ride!” as they blocked the intersection.

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Latest customer satisfaction survey

One third of all people responding to RTD’s most recent customer satisfaction survey are riding the transit agency’s services more than they did a year ago. Eighty-five percent of them rate the transit agency favorably. Ninety-six percent are likely to choose RTD again in the future.

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Real-time tracking unavailable 8:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.

Due to planned maintenance, RTD real-time tracking and estimated arrival times via Next Ride, Trip Planner, and third-party apps will be unavailable this evening from 8:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m.

Public Notice of FFY 2020-2022 Triennial DBE Goal

In accordance with requirements of the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Regional Transportation District in Denver, Colorado, hereby notifies the public that it is recommending a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goal.

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RTD seeks new members for ADA advisory committees

Residents of the eight-county Regional Transportation District (RTD) who are interested in facilitating improvement to the transit agency’s accessible services and programs are invited to apply to serve on two RTD accessibility advisory committees.

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Blog: Union Station--Rebirth of a Landmark

Visit Union Station nearly any day at any time, and you’ll find the place abuzz with activity. It’s easy to forget that not so long ago, Union Station was something of a ghost town, a relic of a bygone era.

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E, F, & R Grand Opening Events

RTD and the City of Lone Tree this weekend will celebrate the extension of the E, F and R Lines, bringing light rail service 2.3 miles farther into Lone Tree with the addition of three new stations.

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E, F, and R Extension Opens Friday, May 17

RTD and its partners will celebrate the extension of the E, F and R Lines on Friday, May 17, with a weekend of events, beginning with a ribbon cutting at Sky Ridge Station and a grand opening ceremony at RidgeGate Parkway Station in Lone Tree.

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Blog: Denver Union Station turns 138 years old this month

In 1875, Denver had four—yes, four—different train stations: The Denver Pacific Railroad at 21st and Wazee, the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad station at 19th and Wynkoop, the Colorado Central Station at 16th and Delgany and, about a mile away on the other side of the Cherry Creek, the Denver, South Park & Pacific Railroad at 6th and Walnut streets.

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University of Colorado A Line has carried 20 million riders

RTD and DTP marked a milestone this week, with ridership reaching 20 million passengers on the University of Colorado A Line. RTD’s first commuter rail line has covered more than 8 million miles between downtown Denver and Denver International Airport since it began carrying the public in April 2016.

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Positive Train Control Testing Starts Tonight

RTD and DTP will be updating and testing positive train control software starting tonight as part of the FR) Grade Crossings Continuous Improvement Action Plan. DTP has to shut down the PTC and operate with automatic train control in order to do the testing. This means that starting tonight and through Tuesday night from 12 midnight-3 a.m., trains will need to sound their horns on the University of Colorado A Line as they go through the grade crossings. This is expected to be four train trips during this timeframe.

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Blog: Sustainability Today for a Better Tomorrow

On Earth Day, we use this time to think about what we can do to have a better impact on the environment. RTD’s Sustainability Committee meets each month to identify what more can be done to improve quality of life, protect the natural and built environments, strengthen the economy, and continue to be good financial stewards.

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Free G Line rides for 2 weeks!

In appreciation of the public’s patience and as a token of RTD’s commitment to its community partners and stakeholders, the RTD board has authorized free rides on the G Line after the April 26 grand opening ceremony through Saturday, May 11.

North Metro Rail Line enters next phase of testing

RTD and its contractor, Regional Rail Partners (RRP), begin testing commuter rail trains under power along the North Metro Rail Line between Denver Union Station and end of line Eastlake-124th Station. Train testing will take place Monday through Friday, and an occasional Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Blog: There’s an opening date for the G Line - April 26!

On behalf of the RTD Board, the hard working employees of RTD and our concessionaire Denver Transit Partners, I am incredibly excited about this announcement. We will celebrate the opening in the same fashion as other openings: Opening day on Friday, free rides throughout our entire rail system and station parties on Saturday, and service beginning on Sunday of that weekend.

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RTD's fleet prepared for morning commute

The Regional Transportation District is prepared to deliver service during this morning’s commute. Passengers should plan ahead and could experience delays on the transit agency’s services, including Access-a-Ride, as morning traffic builds.

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Get on Board Day

On April 25, RTD will join with other public transportation agencies nationwide in celebrating Get on Board Day, a day of raising awareness and support for public transportation. On this day, RTD urges commuters to leave their cars at home and instead use public transit to get where they need to go.

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Two New Stops on the B Line

When service begins on April 26, two stations on the B Line will open for service. The 41st & Fox Station and Pecos Junction Station will begin serving the B Line in addition to the G Line.

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Fact Sheet: Addition of B Line Stops

B Line riders will soon be able to access 41st & Fox and Pecos Junction stops as of April 26, 2019. Riders will also be able to access the G Line from those stations at that time.

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A commuter rail update from RTD

RTD plans to operate an out-of-service train on the University of Colorado A Line early tomorrow and Friday, between midnight and 4 a.m. both days. Doing so enables further testing of the positive train control (PTC) system along this commuter rail line. During this work, operators could sound their train horns when approaching railroad crossings, as required by federal regulations.

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RTD services affected by blizzard conditions

Blizzard conditions across the Denver metro region are affecting the Regional Transportation District’s services, and the transit agency is determining what service can continue to operate and for how long.

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Blog: A Brief History of Market Street Station

Take a trip back in time and explore Market Street Station. The underground bus terminal open in March, 1983 and provided 23 express and regional bus routes to the area. The station reduced bus travel times and street-level traffic congestion.

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RTD kicks off 50 years of making transit history

The Regional Transportation District (RTD) launched its golden anniversary year today with a special event at Union Station, kicking off a year of celebration to mark the transit agency’s 50th anniversary, officially July 1.

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Lyft Launches ‘Nearby Transit’ with RTD

Furthering its commitment to offering transit solutions that enhance mobility, Lyft announced today in Denver that it will begin rolling out Nearby Transit – a feature that shows riders nearby public transit routes and schedules directly within the Lyft app.

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Overhead wires along North Metro Rail Line powering up

The Regional Transportation District (RTD) and its contractor, Regional Rail Partners (RP), will turn on the overhead electric power lines along the North Metro Rail Line between Denver Union Station (DUS) and end of line Eastlake-124th Station this week as part of the integration testing process.

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Blog: To get where you need to go, try FlexRide

FlexRide fills in the gaps between your starting point and destination when other RTD service is limited or too far away. One grandmother uses it to help get her grandchild to school; another vision-impaired rider uses it to get to lightrail services.

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Speed appears to be primary factor in R Line incident

As RTD and the City of Aurora PD continue to investigate the Jan. 28 light rail accident that resulted in serious injuries to multiple passengers, RTD has determined that the speed of the train appears to be the primary factor of the derailment.

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Blog: Why do you love RTD?

Light rail operator Walter Palmgren loves working for RTD. Working as an operator has allowed him to overcome obstacles and advance in his career while gaining a new family along the way.

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G Line update from RTD

The Federal Railroad Administration has granted approval for the G Line testing to move towards public service and to operate under the existing long-term waiver that covers the University of Colorado A Line and B Line.

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RTD light rail extension in Lone Tree Grand Opening May 17

The Regional Transportation District today announced that the 2.3-mile extension of the E, F and R light rail lines will open for service May 19. The new light rail line, known as the Southeast Rail Extension during construction, extends service south from Lincoln Station to RidgeGate Station in Lone Tree with three new stations and an additional 1,300 parking spaces.

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A commuter rail update from RTD

On Thursday, January 17, RTD CEO and General Manager Dave Genova met with Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) officials in Washington, D.C. as a follow up to the RTD grade crossing action plan and meeting on December 14.

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Real-time tracking information temporarily unavailable

Real-time tracking information for bus and light rail services on RTD's Trip Planner, NextRide, and third-party apps is temporarily unavailable. Trip Planner and NextRide will display route schedule information.

2018

2019 Fares take effect Jan 1

Changes to fares and pass programs take effect January 1, 2019. The changes include a new youth discount, a new 3-Hour pass, and fare increases.

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RTD GM-CEO Commuter Rail Update

RTD General Manager and CEO Dave Genova provided an update on commuter rail in response to the Federal Railroad Authority request for a crossing warning time action plan regarding the University of Colorado A Line, B Line and G Line at-grade crossing signals.

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Take RTD to the holiday festivities downtown

Get into the spirit with RTD. Take rail or bus downtown to celebrate this wonderful time of year to experience all that Denver has to offer. Don’t mess with the hassle of driving in the snow or paying for parking. Take RTD! Best of all, children 5 and under always ride FREE!

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RTD rings in 2019 with free rides

Leave the driving to us on New Year's Eve! RTD and CoorsLight wish you a safe and happy New Year with free service from 7:00 p.m. Monday, December 31st through end of service day on January 1 - New Year's Day!

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Fare changes coming Jan 1, 2019

Changes to fares and pass programs will take effect January 1, 2019. The changes include a new youth discount, a new 3-Hour pass, and fare increases.

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Paving work closes part of York St. as part of N Line construction

Paving work begins 12/3 on southbound side of York St. between 112th Ave and 120th Ave as part of the N Line project. This area will be closed for about 2 weeks. Please use Colorado Blvd to bypass.

9News Parade of Lights Detours

Come out and enjoy the start of the holiday season with the 9News Parade of Lights on Friday, November 30 at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 1 at 6:00 p.m. This family event is fun for the whole family, with magical displays, twinkling lights, enchanting floats, marching bands and much more.

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RTD Hosts Spanish Telephone Town Hall

Participate in a telephone town hall on 12/3 to have a conversation about public transportation services and topics of interest to the community we serve. RTD le invita a participar en una reunión el 3 de diciembre con el gol de tener una conversación sobre los asuntos de los servicios de transporte público y temas de interés para la comunidad que servimos.

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Notice of 2019 Proposed Budget

RTD must post its 2019 Requested Budget for public review and comment by October 15, 2018 in order to meet Colorado legal requirements (CRS 29-1-101). The preliminary 2019 Requested Budget is available on the RTD website in order to comply with these requirements.

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NextRide and Trip Planner offline for maintenance 8pm 10/5 through 1am 10/6

RTD's Next Ride app and Trip Planner will be down for maintenance from 8pm Friday Oct 5 to 1am Saturday Oct 6. We apologize for any inconvenience.

D, F, H, L Light Rail Disruption Sept 14-24th

For a 10-day period beginning 8pm Friday, Sept. 14, through 3am Monday, Sept. 24, RTD will be replacing sections of track and components of our light rail lines in the downtown corridor. All, D, F, H and L line service will be suspended between 30th & Downing and Theater District/Convention Center stations. Bus shuttle service is available.

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G Line Train Horns & Quiet Zones FAQ

Questions and answers about the G Line train horns and quiet zones. Learn more about when does testing end, who approves the quiet zones and the process in place, and what's next to establish quiet zones.

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Dockless Bikes and Scooters

RTD has new guidance for riders regarding dockless bikes and scooters. Here's the information you will need for picking them up and returning them to any RTD bus or rail station.

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G Line Quiet Zones

RTD, it contractor and local municipalities have begun more extensive testing along the G Line. Here's what you need to know about quiet zones regarding train horn noise.

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G Line Testing Period Extended

RTD has received approval from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to enter the next phase of testing for the G Line, using multiple trains for extended periods of the day.

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Let’s talk about fares

RTD is hosting informational open houses to provide updates about the completed Pass Program Study and current fare review. At these open houses, RTD staff will discuss fares, the Pass Program Study and the working group’s fare recommendations, the agency and its budget, and more.

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Holiday Service Schedule for Independence Day

On Wednesday, July 4th, bus and rail service will run on a Sunday/holiday schedule. RTD’s Administrative Offices at 1660 Blake Street and RTD sales outlets will be closed in observance of the Independence Day holiday. The Customer Care telephone information center will be open 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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Seeking ADA Committee Members

RTD is actively seeking individuals to serve on two separate committees and provide valuable feedback that will help facilitate positive changes and improvements to RTD services and programs.

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Pass Program Group completes its study

A 25-member group of leaders asked to evaluate and determine whether changes should be made to RTD’s pass programs completed its work Tuesday, drafting a recommendation from its yearlong effort that will be reviewed by the agency’s leadership team and its board of directors.

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Status of testing on G Line

The Positive Train Control (PTC) and Wireless Crossing System (WCS) systems are being tested along the G Line corridor through Denver, Arvada and Wheat Ridge. This may result in traffic disruptions in these communities. The FRA, CPUC, RTD and independent engineers are overseeing all phases of testing to ensure public safety.

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L Line Downtown Loop opened Sunday, Jan 14

With the opening of the new L Line Downtown Loop - remember to be extra aware of trains in the LoDo area. Cross only at designated crossings and stay alert! Trains are quiet. Watch for the light signals. Be a partner in safety!

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