Are you going to try public transport during the free rate in August? Here are some tips for a smooth ride.

Electric bikes are not allowed yet on RTD vehicles, though officials said this week that a change in that policy could be coming soon.

5. Stay safe

Safety issues on public transportation are quite real. RTD documented nearly 180 assaults or injuries in 2021 and the first two months of 2022, KDVR reported in April. But your experience will likely depend on which route you’re on. For example: Just two lines, the No. 15 and No. 15L lines in East Colfax, which are also among the most heavily used, accounted for more than a third of those reports.

RTD Transit Watch app for iOS Y Android makes it easy to report any issues you see.

6. Expect an imperfect experience

“I hope that all the buses and trains are on time and that everything is a pleasure, but the reality is that our transit system is not perfect right now,” tweeted Molly McKinley, a local transit aficionado who is also the policy director for the Denver Streets Partnership.

She wants passengers to tell their elected officials about their experiences, and to thank their driver, too.

“So expect the imperfect, take action instead of complaining on Twitter (or at least on top of that) and be a human being in one of the few spaces that still exist where you’re obviously part of a larger world. with other people with so many different experiences,” she wrote.

7. Go explore your city and region

Did you know that you can get to great hiking trails via RTD and other public transportation services? A coalition of Denver-area business, progressive and environmental groups has also put together a list of other destinations. accessible by public transport.

More than 30 other public transportation agencies across the state are also offering free fares in August, including:

  • Durango Transit
  • Greeley Evans Transit
  • Colorado Springs Mountain Metro Transit
  • Town Transit
  • Fort Collins Transportation

Some agencies (though not RTD) are also expanding their services in August, said a news release from the Colorado Association of State Transit Agencies. And Bustang, the state bus service of the state Department of Transportation, is offering a 50 percent discount until September 5.

8. Tell me about your trip

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