Who we are

Our Mission

Meet our constituents’ present and future public transit needs by providing safe, clean, reliable, courteous, accessible, and cost-effective service throughout the District.

As a public agency, we are dedicated to serve the public and to meet the public needs for a transit agency. We connect you with your community - safely, on time and in clean and accessible vehicles.

We want you to be satisfied with every trip you take on RTD. We listen to your suggestions and address your concerns because your voice is important to us. We work to continuously improve our service based on your feedback and latest transit trends and technologies. We are committed to providing you the best customer service at an affordable price.

Welcome to your transit system

The Regional Transportation District provides public transportation in eight counties including all of Boulder, Broomfield, Denver and Jefferson counties, parts of Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas Counties, and a small portion of Weld County. As a public agency, we are dedicated to serving the public and providing for the transportation needs of over 2.8 million people located within 2,400 square miles. Our services include bus, rail, shuttles, ADA paratransit services, demand responsive services like Call-n-Ride, special event services, vanpools, and many more.

We are an organization made up of dedicated and qualified people doing extraordinary things to make the metro area the best in the West. We take great pride in the delivery of a wide array of services and we’re proud to be part of the productivity, progress, and passion of 40 municipalities. Our wheels will never stop rolling as we transform the region through transportation.

Watch the video below to learn what RTD is all about.

Our Leadership

RTD General Manager

Portrait of Dave Genova

On March 29, 2016, the Regional Transportation District Board of Directors approved David A. Genova as the General Manager and CEO of RTD. Genova was chosen following an 11-month international search that included 37 public meetings.

Dave is a 21-year veteran of the Regional Transportation District where he most recently served as GM/CEO-select and prior to that as the Assistant General Manager of Safety, Security and Facilities.

Dave is committed to meeting our vision of delivering world class, efficient transit services and delivering RTD’s capital programs on time and within budget.

Learn more about Dave and his accomplishments
“RTD is the best transit agency in the country because of our great team of employees and what you do every day to safely deliver our mission.”

RTD Board of Directors

RTD's publicly-elected Board of Directors

RTD is governed by a 15-member, publicly elected Board of Directors. Each member represents the voters, residents, and transit riders of a specific area within the eight-county RTD service area. Board members actively support and advocate for constituents’ concerns, while providing governance and establishing policies for the agency.

Meet your RTD Board members

Our Story

Bus

The Regional Transportation District was created in 1969 by the 47th session of the Colorado General Assembly. Efforts in these early years focused on regional transportation planning.

In 1973 voters approved a 0.5% sales tax initiative to finance a $1.56 billion multi-modal transit system. At this time, RTD acquired privately owned bus companies, improved service frequencies, and expanded routes in numerous counties throughout the metro area. By 1976, ridership grew to 35.2 million rides annually.

Light rail

RTD celebrated its first light rail opening October 7, 1994. The 5.3-mile D Line attracted hundreds of thousands of riders when it began operations with just eleven light rail vehicles. Since then, we have opened almost 42 miles of light rail service all over the Denver metro area.

FasTracks: The Expansion of RTD

In November 2004, region voters approved FasTracks transit tax for region-wide expansion of transit service. The .04% sales tax (four cents on a $10 purchase) provides funds to build RTD’s FasTracks program - 122 miles of new commuter rail and light rail, 18 miles of bus rapid transit, and 21,000 new parking spaces at rail and bus stations. The program consists of six new rapid transit corridors and three existing corridor extensions and to expand and enhance service for easy, convenient bus/rail connections across the eight-county district.

FasTracks Funded Projects

The Arrival of Commuter Rail

April 22, 2016 marked another monumental milestone in Denver transit history with the opening of the metro area's first high-speed commuter rail line - the University of Colorado A Line. This line provides easy, affordable and reliable connections between downtown Denver, Denver International Airport, and the many communities along I-70.

The B Line opened July 25, 2016 and expanded commuter rail service from downtown Denver to Westminster. Commuters love the 15 minute rail ride that by-passes the usual traffic congestion along the northern I-25 corridor.

What's to Come

2017 will bring commuter rail west of the downtown Denver area with 11.2 miles of rail line from Union Station to Arvada and Wheat Ridge on the G Line.