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RTD will put social distancing measures in place; here's a look

RTD announced it will be limiting the number of riders per bus or train and asks that all passengers wear masks.

COLORADO, USA — RTD is looking ahead to promote safe transit as stay-at-home orders are lifted and people increase their public activity.

Colorado's stay-at-home order expired April 27. Gov. Jared Polis' phase two, "safer-at-home" executive order that went into effect April 27 allows more Coloradans to return to work. Denver's stay-at-home order is set to expire this Friday. 

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Social distancing during transit

RTD is limiting ridership to no more than 15 people per standard bus, 20 people per larger bus and 30 people per train car to promote social distancing, said a release Tuesday.

Riders are asked not to board if vehicles appear to reach capacity and either go to the next train car or wait for the next bus. On routes that are serving more riders, additional buses are being staged and dispatched. RTD will continue to monitor operations during the COVID-19 pandemic to make adjustments in service and safety practices as necessary. 

Online survey seeks public input

RTD is seeking public input on how the community is using transit now and plans to ride as stay-at-home orders are lifted and people increase their public activity. You can take the online survey on RTD’s website through Sunday, May 10.

The survey is available in English and Spanish

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Wearing masks 

The public is asked to wear a mask while riding RTD services and only taking essential trips. With rear-door boarding, operators aren’t able to monitor if riders are wearing a mask, however,  riders are urged to wear a mask or face covering to comply with the current orders by regional leaders. 

"Our hope is that everyone will make it their personal responsibility to follow orders and protocols and be our partners in safety," said RTD Tuesday. 

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Addressing mask shortages

Several organizations and individuals have provided RTD with masks and face coverings during the pandemic crisis. RTD’s Upholstery Shop is now making reusable cloth masks. 

A list of partners who have donated masks to RTD can be found on the RTD's webpage.

"Everyday Heroes” campaign 

The "Everyday Heroes" campaign is a tribute to RTD employees who keep things moving during these unprecedented times. To participate, follow RTD on Facebook and Twitter and share posts to say "thank you" to these frontline employees. 

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