The Regional Transportation District (RTD) has named and branded another free bus service. The new service will debut next spring, traveling from Union Station to Civic Center Station along 18th and 19th streets. The service is being implemented as part of RTD’s FasTracks transit expansion program.
The Free MetroRide, which RTD called the Downtown Denver Circulator during the planning stage, will be a convenient alternative to the Free MallRide on 16th Street with fewer stops resulting in faster travel times. The service is scheduled to commence in spring 2014 and will stop every two to three blocks. This reliable new service will operate only during peak hours (6-9 a.m. and 3-6 p.m.), running every five minutes.
“The Free MetroRide will travel through the downtown metro area and will be a great complementary option for connecting from one end of downtown to another,” said RTD General Manager Phil Washington. “This service will help relieve congestion on the 16th Street Free MallRide and provide our passengers quicker access to businesses along the route.”
Uniquely branded for easy identification, the service will operate with 60-foot articulated buses that have low floors and three doors to allow for quick loading and unloading. Enhanced bus stops will make the service distinguishable from other RTD transit offerings in downtown Denver.
“This free service is another example of how RTD has collaborated with downtown stakeholders to give transit users better transportation options in our fast-growing city,” Washington said.
FasTracks is RTD’s voter-approved transit expansion program to build 122 miles of commuter rail and light rail, 18 miles of bus rapid transit service, add 21,000 new parking spaces, redevelop Denver Union Station and redirect bus service to better connect the eight-county District.