RTD lifting COVID capacity limits on buses and trains Sunday

The Regional Transportation District will drop all COVID capacity restrictions on its buses and trains starting Sunday, another sign of the pandemic’s loosening grip on the metro area.

RTD currently allows no more than 15 passengers on a regular-size bus, 20 passengers on an articulated bus and 30 riders per rail car — all in an effort to provide passengers physical separation to cut down on the transmission of the virus.

Masks will be required on RTD buses and trains through Sept. 13, due to a federal mandate for transit agencies.

The capacity restrictions are being eliminated at the same time RTD restores service to some lines that were impacted by a severe drop in ridership brought about by the pandemic. That includes Route 99, which will have service reinstated between Southwest Plaza and Federal Center Station; Route 169L, which will return to its weekday and weekend schedules to Denver International Airport; and Route 483, which will provide 60-minute frequency between Parker and Interstate 225.

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