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Week Of Special Interest 06/10/20
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By La Voz Staff

RTD resumes fare collection, front-door boarding July 1

As residents of the Denver metro region begin to venture out more frequently, the Regional Transportation District (RTD) has been steadily preparing to get our region moving again. Starting Wednesday, July 1, the agency will make two key changes: fare collection will resume, and riders will be asked to board through the front door on all buses.

“We’re all trying to take steps to return to a different normal, whatever that may be,” said RTD Chief Executive Officer and General Manager Paul Ballard. “Collecting fares again is important for our agency’s financial health and helps RTD get back on track. Our committed team has been working tirelessly since the onset of COVID-19, and we are prepared to welcome our riders back when they’re ready to join us.”

RTD on April 5 suspended fare collection and instituted rear-door boarding, among several operational changes, designed to enhance safety across the system. RTD took these steps based on emerging COVID-19 conditions and the potential for transmission of the disease to operators. Both changes provide for distance between operators and the public, mitigating close proximity to those who might be infected.

Beginning July 1, riders will be asked to pay with a ticket, pass or cash when riding on the RTD system. RTD’s Mobile Tickets app will be available for purchases starting that day. Contactless payment options such as these help with safety by lessening contact with the farebox on vehicles. Tickets can also be purchased with the Uber and Transit apps. Discount fares are available for those who qualify, with full details available on the RTD website.

The agency asks riders to be partners in safety by wearing a face covering and keeping 6 feet between them and others when riding or waiting to board vehicles. To learn more about the measures RTD continues to take to keep its employees and riders safe, visit

As more riders return to RTD’s buses and trains, agency staff will continue to monitor service to meet the needs of our communities. Frequency has increased on some routes in response to demand. While ridership is down across RTD’s system, the agency now provides about 120,000 trips each weekday, compared with 350,000 weekday trips through the end of last year.

For complete details about the changes announced, visit or call 303-299-6000.

Our Government

White House

President Donald J. Trump declared that an emergency exists in the State of Louisiana and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Tropical Storm Cristobal beginning on June 5, 2020, and continuing.

Colorado Governor

Governor Jared Polis and Attorney General Phil Weiser filed a lawsuit in federal court in March 2019 to ensure that state and local law enforcement agencies receive the funds the state of Colorado is entitled to, to protect states’ rights, and protect states from being required to do the job of the federal government.

Courts in Pennsylvania, New York, Illinois, and California, as well as the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, all ruled that the Trump administration was violating the constitution by withholding these public safety funds.

On June 2, 2020, the U.S. Department of Justice notified DCJ that it had removed the special conditions under question for Colorado, freeing up DCJ to start releasing the funds.

Denver Mayor

With Safer at Home underway and the phased loosening of state restrictions, business and leisure activities are continuing to resume in the City and County of Denver.

Denver Parks: Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) today announced the return of certain activities in Denver Parks, in alignment with new personal recreation guidance issued yesterday by the state.

Outdoor Dining Expansion: Now that the state’s public health orders allow restaurants to resume limited sit-down service, Denver’s Temporary Outdoor Expansion Program for restaurants and bars is taking shape, with 23 establishments currently approved to expand.





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