South Denver Commute

Commuting in Denver South.

Business is always on the go, go, go in Denver South. From four wheels to two wheels to no wheels, the wide range of solutions move you from work to home in no time flat.

Your commute into work is made simple and seamless by the cooperation and coordination of three separate entities: the Regional Transportation District (RTD), the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) and the Denver South Economic Development Partnership (Denver South EDP)

  1. RTD operates Local, Limited, Express, Regional and skyRide bus services to the southeast corridor from all corners of the metro area. Many of these services can be taken to various locations within the DTC area or to the Southmoor park-n-Ride, the Arapahoe park-n-Ride, or the DTC Transfer Center.
  2. In November of 2006 a transportation transformation came to South Metro Denver with the opening of the new Southeast Light Rail and expanded bus system. Now commuters have the option to use light rail between Lincoln Avenue, Downtown Denver and out to Parker Road and I-225. Check out our interactive map for more information on the four new light rail lines.
  3. The Denver Regional Council of Governments operates one of the country’s most efficient and effective car- and vanpool programs, called RideArrangers. DRCOG’s network of resources across Metro Denver means that commuters now have a great alternative to driving or public transportation when it comes to getting to the office. Visit DRCOG today and see what they can do for you.
  4. Finally, no matter where you are located in South Metro Denver, the Denver South Economic Development Partnership is an exclusive resource designed specifically to help individual businesses and employees in the southeast area make the absolute most out of their daily transportation opportunities.

Express buses (with an X in their name) and Regional buses (named with a letter) generally operate only during the peak hours. Local Buses operate throughout the day. Schedule and map brochures for all RTD routes are available on-line at

All buses excluding the FREE MallRide are equipped with bike racks on the front of each bus. Easy-to-use bike racks can hold two bikes and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Regional route busses also have room in the luggage storage bins. A free permit is needed to take your bike on light rail. Permits can be obtained online at at<em>Special Rides at bike-n-Ride</em>. RTD provides free bicycle storage lockers and inverted bike racks at RTD transit stations and many park-n-Rides.

The Downtown Express is a 6.6 mile barrier-separated, reversible route in the middle of I-25 designed exclusively for use by RTD buses, carpools, vanpools and tolls. These high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes connect the north metro area with Downtown Denver and help facilitate the flow of traffic into and out of Downtown during rush hours.

Toll charges vary throughout the day depending on the traffic flow. Vehicles with 2 or more occupants do not need to pay the toll.

The FREE MallRide shuttle operates along Downtown Denver’s 16th Street Mall, a 16-block-long transit and pedestrian mall in the heart of the city.

The FREE MallRide travels between Union Station and Civic Center Station. The FREE MallRide operates Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 1 a.m., with service about every 75 seconds during the weekday rush hour and every 3 to 5 minutes at most other times. The FREE MallRide operates Saturday and Sunday 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. with service about every 5 to 10 minutes

Denver South is served by a bus system that is designed to get you where you need to be. The following route options are available based on your need and time constraints.


Numbered routes. Local buses serve more densely populated communities throughout the region. They make frequent stops along the route, and most run throughout the day.


“Ltd” routes. Limited buses stop only at selected bus stops along a Local route to provide faster service. In some cases, they take shortcuts that bypass congested areas.


Numbered routes followed by an X.

Express buses provide the fastest transportation during rush hours. They carry commuters from outlying residential areas, often from park-n-Rides to Downtown Denver and other major employment centers.


Lettered routes. Regional and skyRide buses provide service connecting Downtown Denver and the Denver Technological Center with surrounding cities, mountain towns and Denver International Airport.


Call-n-Ride is a curb-to-curb transportation service, which passengers can all to request a trip within a designated service area. Call-n-Ride vehicles are small buses and are wheelchair accessible. The service is also designed to connect with regular RTD services at area park-n-Rides and Light Rail Stations. Areas with call-n-Ride include:

  • Dry Creek call-n-Ride: 303.591.8420
  • Orchard call-n-Ride: 303.944.8332
  • North Inverness call-n-Ride: 303.994.9885
  • South Inverness call-n-Ride: 303.961.5109
  • Lone Tree call-n-Ride: 720.560.8857
  • Arapahoe call-n-Ride:  303.944.6655
  • Meridian call-n-Ride:  303.435.7240
  • Parker call-n-Ride: 303.301.5772
  • Aurora call-n-Ride: 303.500.2086

All call-n-Ride service is a local fare.

Please contact us for more information on these services.


Access-a-Ride is a curb-to-curb transportation service for individuals with disabilities who:

  • Are unable to ride, board or exit from a regular accessible bus and/or light rail.
  • Have specific impairment-related conditions that make it impossible to travel to and from a bus stop or light rail station.

Access-a-Ride operates daily, providing transportation to American Disability Act-eligible persons who have origin and destination points within 3/4 mile of any regular bus route and wish to travel during the same times the route operates.

For information on eligibility, call 303.299.2960 or TDD 303.299.2980.

To reserve or cancel a trip, call 303.292.6560.

Night Stop

Between 7:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., passengers may request to be let off at any safe point along the route even though it may not be a bus stop. Bus Operators are trained to determine a safe and acceptable alternate stop.


Catch the easiest interception in football – BroncosRide to INVESCO Field at Mile High, leaving from numerous park-n-Rides, Market Street Station and stops along Federal Boulevard.

For more information, log on to or call 303.299.6000, then press 1-1-2.


Bus service is provided for all University of Colorado Buffaloes home games.  BuffRide takes fans from several locations to Folsom Field and back again.

For more information, log on to or call 303.299.6000 then press 1-1-6.


RockiesRide bus service is your line drive to Colorado Rockies weekend home games at Coors Field leaving from several park-n-Rides.

For more information, log on to or call 303.299.6000, then press 1-1-1