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55S: Temporary Bus Service from Olde Town Arvada to Union Station

The Regional Transportation District (RTD) Board of Directors approved a transfer of funds to operate temporary bus service between Olde Town Arvada and Denver Union Station with a start date of December 18th.

This brand new service includes:
  • Hourly, non-stop service between Olde Town Arvada and Union Station
  • Weekday, weekend, and holiday service
  • Easy transfers to the University of Colorado A Line to Denver International Airport. Trains run every fifteen minutes most of the day
  • Free parking at the Olde Town Arvada Park-n-Ride
  • Driver assistance with luggage

The 55S will operate in addition to the existing route 55L which runs limited one-way only service between Olde Town Arvada and Union Station during morning and early evening rush hours.

Upon arriving at Union Station Bus Concourse, riders will then need to transfer to the University of Colorado A Line in order to complete their connection to Denver International Airport.

Route name: 55S

Start date: Sunday, December 18, 2016
Service schedule: Service will run in both directions hourly from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. on weekdays and 6:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Saturdays, Sunday and holidays.
Travel time between Olde Town Arvada and Union Station is approximately 30 minutes.

Where to catch 55S:

Olde Town Arvada Park-n-Ride - Gate A (see map below)
Union Station Bus Concourse - Gate 5


$2.60 to Union Station
$9.00 all the way to DIA
Discount fares for eligible riders are $1.30 to Union Station or $4.50 to DIA
Discount fares are available for all seniors 65+, individuals with disabilities, Medicare recipients, elementary, middle and high school students ages 6-19. Children 5 years of age or younger ride free with a fare-paying adult. Active duty members of the U.S. military ride for free on all RTD services. Proof of eligibility is required for all passengers using discounted fare products.


Route 55S Weekday Time Table schedule

Route 55S Weekend Time Table schedule


Route 55S Service Map

Olde Town Arvada Park-n-Ride Map


The RTD Board voted to allow $500,000 from the FasTracks G Line operating expense budget to fund the service through the opening of the G Line or such time as ridership may warrant earlier termination. This service has been put into place after Ride Provide stopped running its Arvada A-Line Shuttle service after Oct. 31, 2016 in anticipation of the G Line opening in 2017.

RTD has provided funding for the Arvada A-Line Shuttle every year since 2003, with additional financial support also provided over the years by the City of Arvada and other Arvada agencies. RTD provided funding for this shuttle service because it had discontinued its own SkyRide airport service to this part of town due to low ridership.

When the G Line opens in 2017, the high-speed commuter rail line will travel 11 miles between Union Station and Wheat Ridge, passing through northwest Denver, Adams County and Arvada. The line has eight stations and seven new Park-n-Rides.