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April 17, 2020

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Andrew Barth, 303-441-1032

RTD Update to COVID-19 Pandemic – Service reductions start April 19

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Dear Valued RTD Customer:

In an effort to keep you informed of the latest developments concerning the Regional Transportation District (RTD) during these everchanging times, we will continue to send periodic updates.

REMINDER - COVID-19 Service Change Begins Sunday

Service changes begin Sunday, April 19, across the Regional Transportation District (RTD)’s network of bus, rail and special services in response to a significant decrease in ridership resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

RTD service will change to Saturday bus service levels and Sunday light rail service levels. Our partners at Denver Transit Operators will also adjust service on two of the three commuter rail lines they operate: Frequency on the B Line, which serves Denver and Westminster, will change to every hour, from every 30 minutes. Trains on the G Line, serving Denver, Adams County, Arvada and Wheat Ridge, will run every 30 minutes, as opposed to every 15 minutes.

Current service levels will continue on RTD’s University of Colorado A Line, which connects downtown Denver and Denver International Airport. This remains a vital link for airport employees and those who must fly in and out of DIA.

A complete list of service changes is on the COVID-19 service plan webpage.

service changes represent about a 40% reduction from current levels. RTD will continue to evaluate ridership and service needs and reinstate service across its system as demand warrants and ridership returns. As service is restored, changes will move from Saturday and Sunday service to the service levels outlined in the May service change. 

Social Distancing is Up to All of Us

Social distancing will be more important as service levels are reduced. RTD has taken several steps to ensure social distancing across the system, including limiting the number of riders to approximately 15 passengers per bus, 20 on larger buses and 30 on rail cars. If necessary, buses will bypass stops if social distancing limits are reached. Buses will be added to the most popular routes and staged in those areas as available. Also, the area behind the bus operator and wheelchair securement area has been roped off to provide space between the operators and riders. In addition, the public is being asked to use good judgment in deciding whether to board any vehicle. If a bus or train looks too crowded, move to the next train car or wait for the next bus. On the more popular routes, another bus isn’t far behind. Social distancing is everyone’s responsibility in keeping ourselves and each other safe.