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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. For the rest of this calendar year, RTD will tell the stories of its impactful past and some of the people who have contributed to the many ways RTD has made transit history.

The transit agency also unveiled its official anniversary look, showing RTD’s new brand mark of the mountains and the number 50.

“I am honored to lead at this momentous time,” General Manager and CEO Dave Genova said. I’m proud to say that I’ve worked for RTD for 25 fantastic years – half the life of the agency.

“It’s been remarkable to see RTD transform from a bus-only operation to a regional mobility integrator as RTD leads the transportation transformation actively working to meet the needs of a population that continues to grow. Our agency is leading the regional mobility needs and strategies conversation, and I am very proud of the fine work of our dedicated public servants.”

Genova and RTD Board Chair Doug Tisdale spoke at the event about RTD’s history of making transit history and where it is going as the transit integrator, innovator and influencer for the region. They also introduced RTD’s longest-serving employees, Terry Vicek and Bob Brewster, who were working at two Denver metro area transit agencies that merged in 1969, when RTD was created.

“RTD is the largest political jurisdiction in the state of Colorado, other than the state itself,” Tisdale said. “That is an awesome responsibility, and we enthusiastically embrace our role as leaders in influencing transportation policies that move the region and that inspire the rest of the country. To my fellow RTD board members, I salute all who serve now and each who came before us. Your thoughtfulness and collaboration set the stage for the achievement we celebrate this year.”

RTD will mark key milestones in the life of the transit agency with events throughout the year. It will feature compelling, resonant stories of the people who move people on its social media accounts.

RTD has also redesigned the homepage of its website to showcase the commemorative logo and photos from the last 50 years. The agency developed an interactive timeline that highlights how RTD has been an innovator in transit over the last 50 years and where we are headed to redefine mobility for the next 50 years. The timeline will continue to evolve over the course of the year as we add more photos from the past, photos from events yet to occur, and more functionality.

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RTD's anniversary logo of celebrating 50 years of moving people.