Regional Transportation District

How to create a public entity by the power of public and private motivators. In the end the citizen's well-being created Regional Transportation District

History of Regional Transportation District (RTD)

Denver Tramway Corporation - privately owned transporters

Approx. 1886 - 1965

City of Denver begins Transportation Planning


Colorado Division of Highways and Inter-County Regional Planning Commission conduct DMATS study


Funded: Federal Highway and HUD 701 Funds

Federal Highway and HUD 701 Funds, used for DMATS


City and County of Denver aid with DMATS


Denver Metro Area Transportation Study (DMATS)


U.S Bureau of Public Roads funds CDH to conduct Denver Metro Area Transportation Study (DMATS)

Metropolitan League of Women Voters promote public transit options

Approx. 1960 - Approx. 1969

Enviornmental Groups, concerned citizens become involved

Approx. 1960 - Approx. 1969

DMATS outcomes require the expansion of highways

Approx. 1960 - Approx. 1969

Lobbying begins to create regional transit authority (able to tax, plan, construct, operate)

Approx. 1964 - Approx. 1969

Lobbying: Citizen groups, businessmen, City and County of Denver, Colorado State Legislature,

Denver Tramway Corporation runs into financial issues

Approx. 1965

City Center Transportation Project proposes PRT


PRT: Personal Rail Transit - PRT is a type of automated guideway transit (AGT), a class of system which also includes larger vehicles all the way to small subway systems. PRT vehicles are sized for individual or small group travel, typically carrying no more than 3 to 6 passengers per vehicle.

Colorado State Legislature creates Regional Transportation District-RTD

1969 - Present

RTD was given the authority to operate and construct a public transit system

Popular support for mass transit begins to expand

Approx. 1970 - Approx. 1979

Public Entities and Private citizen, business

In order to make the Regional Transportation District a reality, both pubic funds and bureaucracies worked in union with private voices of citizens and business to create a transit system that serves all

Denver residence rely on privately owned modes of transportation only

Approx. 1940 - Approx. 1970

RTD plans, promotes, constructs public transportation through federal and private funds

1969 - Present