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Bus service: RTD offers over 125 bus routes throughout the Denver metro area, serviced by a fleet of over 1,000 buses stopping at over 10,000 bus stops and 70 park-n-ride facilities. Bus fares vary by type of service (regional or local) and is paid on a per person basis. Discounts for kids and seniors can apply. Passengers can pay the bus fare in cash upon boarding (exact change is required--bus operators do not provide change) or they may purchase a day pass or ticket book, which are helpful for people who plan to make several trips in a short period or want to avoid the hassle of paying in cash. A day pass or ticket book can be purchased at various locations, including the RTD counter in the main terminal at Denver International Airport, RTD's Market Street Station, Civic Center Station, Boulder Transit Center, or at over 150 King Soopers and Safeway grocery stores throughout the Denver metro area.
Rail service: Denver's growing rail transit system includes three major corridors (as of 2013) radiating out from downtown Denver to the west, southwest, and southeast parts of the metro area, totaling 47 miles in length. Within the downtown area, rail lines offer service to Denver Union Station as well as the Central Business District, with an extension into the Five Points/Curtis Park district northeast of downtown. Rail lines connect many of the city's major destinations including all three of the city's major sports venues (Coors Field, Mile High Stadium, and the Pepsi Center) as well as the University of Denver, the Auraria Higher Education Campus, the Denver Performing Arts Complex, the Colorado Convention Center, and Elitch Gardens Amusement Park.
One-way fares range from $2.25 to $5.00, depending on the length of the journey, based on a fare zone system. Rail transit tickets may be purchased at the same locations mentioned in the bus section above, as well as at ticket vending machines (cash or credit card) at every rail transit station. Rail transit route maps, letter/color designations, schedules, and fares are available online or at RTD stations and transit centers.
Several additional rail lines are currently under construction as part of RTD's FasTracks transit program. In 2016, rail lines connecting Denver Union Station to Denver International Airport (East line), the western suburban communities of Wheat Ridge and Arvada (Gold line) and the northwest metro community of Westminster (Northwest line) are expected to open. Also opening in 2016 is the Interstate-225 line, providing rail service from the Denver Tech Center through the eastern suburb of Aurora to the Anschutz Medical Campus.
Free downtown Mall Shuttle: In Downtown Denver, RTD's 16th Street Mall Shuttle is a free service that runs the length of 16th Street, downtown Denver's main pedestrian and retail spine. The Mall Shuttle stops at every block and passengers may hop-on, hop-off, at their convenience. The Mall Shuttle connects RTD's Civic Center station at the southeastern (Upper Downtown) end of downtown with Denver Union Station at the northwestern (Lower Downtown) end of downtown.
Taxi cabs: Many taxi cab companies service the Denver metro area. Cabs are available on-demand by calling the taxi cab company's local number. Cabs may also be hailed on the street in downtown Denver, particularly near major hotels and cultural facilities.
Denver B-Cycle: Denver was the first major U.S. city to launch a public bicycle-sharing system. Known as Denver B-Cycle, over 80 Denver B-Cycle stations are located in the city, mostly concentrated in the downtown area and nearby city-center districts. Annual memberships are available for locals/regular users, and daily passes are available for visitors. To learn how the system works and for pricing and station locations, check out the Denver B-Cycle website.
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