Colorado History

Great Moments in RTD's Fifty-Year History

The Regional Transportation District is turning fifty and wants to celebrate. Instead of issuing every rider a party hat and kazoo (though that would clearly have been the more fun option), RTD is touting five decades of service through a couple of events in early July:

There will be limited-quantity giveaways on Monday, July 1 (plan to arrive early, as “giveaways will go fast,” RTD warns), across the metro area and at the following stations and times:
  • 6:30-8:30 a.m.: Littleton/Mineral; U.S. 36 & Broomfield; U.S. 36 & Sheridan; Thornton Park-n-Ride; Olde Town Arvada Park-n-Ride and garage; Federal Center; Bergen Park Park-n-Ride; and U.S. 36 & Table Mesa Park-n-Ride.
  • 4-6 p.m.: I-25 & Broadway; 40th Ave. & Airport Blvd.-Gateway Park; Sheridan; Englewood; Nine Mile; Iliff; and Lincoln.
On Friday, July 12, RTD wants passengers to “break out the bell bottoms and tie-dye” for a fiftieth-anniversary party from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with a celebration on the plaza in front of Union Station. The event will feature RTD information booths (wooo!), food trucks, “rockin’ tunes” from 1969, noted speakers, and other family-friendly activities. And cake, one would presume? Please let there be cake.

Westword wants to congratulate RTD on its half-century of service by offering up this short list of the top ten most notable moments in its history. And also this piece of advice: cake.
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Teague Bohlen is a writer, novelist and professor at the University of Colorado Denver. His first novel, The Pull of the Earth, won the Colorado Book Award for Literary Fiction in 2007; his textbook The Snarktastic Guide to College Success came out in 2014. His new collection of flash fiction, Flatland, is available now.
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