In the Heart of the City

  • The district’s service area spans 26 square miles.

  • Its northern edge primarily borders Colfax Avenue. In the northwest, it contains much of downtown and the central business district.

  • Its western edge runs along Speer Boulevard and I-25, which it continues to skirt in the south.

  • Its eastern portion borders Arapahoe County.

  • The district’s population eclipses 175,000 residents (based on data gathered from the City of Denver).

  • Most sections of the district feature high concentrations of residents (whether in single-family homes or apartments/condos).

  • The highest density in district can be observed in the northwestern, western, and southeastern sections. These dense population areas are the deepest shade of purple in the map.


  • Due to their frequent service and proximity to housing and employment, several of the district’s routes are among the most ridden in the RTD network (as of 2019, the most recent data set):

    • 0: 2,314,848 riders (33.07 boardings per hour)

    • 0L: 512,061 riders (68.26 boardings per hour) 

    • 40: 1,288,624 riders (31.25 boardings per hour)

    • 83: 1,299,182 riders​​ (34.52 boardings per hour)

  • Several other routes within the the district also show healthy ridership:

    • 6: 700,836 riders (25.24 boardings per hour)

    • 10: 908,165 riders (26.70 boardings per hour)

    • 12: 998,094 riders (23.76 boardings per hour)

  • Of special interest are the 0, 0L, and 40 routes because they carry a significant number of riders and recover more of the their operating costs. The subsidy per boarding rates for the 0 ($4.81), 0L ($3.98), and 40 ($4.02) and 105 ($3.55) outperform similar routes.

  • The 15 and 15L, which run along the northern border of the district, are RTD’s most boarded bus routes along with the Flatiron Flyer. They have two of the lowest subsidy per boarding rates (15 - $3.24, 15L - $3.09) in the entire system. 

  • One might note that trail transit is not mentioned. This is intentional; the district is bus-heavy because light-rail lines were built using existing infrastructure. 

Tim Nelson



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