Denver’s public transportation is easy, inexpensive and convenient.
Denver is a great for cyclists with more than 85 miles of paved trails that connect to hundreds of additional miles of dirt trails for mountain biking.
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First, check out www.rtd-denver.com, the Regional Transportation District’s extremely user-friendly homepage for routes, fares and other pertinent info. If you’re craving the personal touch, however, you can call the RTD TelephoneInformation Center. Just tell the experts there where you want to catch the bus, where you want to go and when you want to get there. They’ll help you plan your trip (including your return home), complete with route numbers, fares and answers to any questions you might have. Note: the Information Center is open weekdays from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and weekends and holidays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
All bus stops have red and white signs that list each bus route that stops at that location, so double check for your route number. Take note, there’s a good chance that your return bus stop is located right across the street. As the bus approaches, check the electronic sign above the windshield to make sure this is indeed the bus you want. Wait for the bus to come to a full stop. The doors will open and you can hop on!
Drivers do NOT carry or make change – so make sure you have exact change (bills or coins) or a pass before you get on the bus. If you need to change buses to get to your final destination, ask the driver for a transfer slip, which will get you on to your next bus. RTD offers a variety of PassAdvantage fare programs, saving you money off regular cash fares. By purchasing passes or ticket books in advance, you will not have to worry about having exact change available every time you ride the bus. Check www.rtd-denver.com for details.
The driver will announce stops over the loudspeaker, so wait until you hear yours. You may need to pull the “Stop Requested” cord above your head to let the driver know you want to get off. Exit the bus through the rear door if the bus has two doors. Always wait for the bus to leave before you cross the street, and never walk in front of the bus.
Again, check out www.rtd-denver.com first, for routes, fares and other pertinent info. You can call the RTD Telephone Information Center for light rail info, too – 303.299.2911. Text. 303.434.9100. Email. firstname.lastname@example.org
Next, head to the station. They’re easy to find thanks to their open design, art work and red and white signs on nearby streets leading to the stations. Most of the RTD light rail stations have park-n-Ride lots where you can park for free. Bus routes and/or call-n-Rides also serve many stations. At the station, use the ticket vending machines located at each station – unlike the bus, you need a validated ticket before you get on board. Your ticket will automatically be validated with the date and time you purchased it from the machine. An RTD bus transfer or pass will get you on the light rail, free of charge, though an upgrade may be needed if your light rail fare is more than your bus fare. Once the train is under way, a fare inspector will check your ticket.
The RTD light rail system is divided into four fare zones: A, B, C and D. The number of zones you travel in for each one-way trip determines your fare. Arriving trains stop at every station, so you don’t have to signal the driver. Once the train has stopped, the doors automatically open or you can push the lighted green button. Please wait for the passengers on the train to exit before you get on board.
B-cycle is a bike-sharing program with red bikes available at kiosks throughout Denver. These migratory bikes are returning for their 4th season with 30 new nesting areas around town.
There are four access levels: annual membership, 24-hour access pass, day access pass, and 30-day access pass. All pass/membership levels can be purchased online (credit card required). Only 24-hour access passes can be purchased at B-stations (credit card required).