AURORA | RTD transportation services will be available at zero cost Friday and Election Day as part of an initiative to encourage voter participation in the upcoming general election.
Friday, Oct. 28 is National Vote Early Day. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8.
“RTD strives to be a strong community partner, and with this socially equitable initiative, the playing field is being leveled so that the constitutional right to vote is accessible to all registered voters through systemwide zero fare transit,” RTD CEO Debra Johnson said at a Thursday news conference.
Coloradans can register to vote up through Election Day, but the deadline to receive a mail ballot is Oct. 31. The deadline to submit a ballot through the mail is Oct. 31, after that voters should return ballots through drop boxes or vote in person at a voting center.
RTD service in Aurora was disrupted last month when an R Line train derailed at the intersection of Sable and Exposition Boulevard on Sept. 21, the second accident at that location since 2019. RTD spokesperson Marta Sipeki said that an internal investigation into the accident is still ongoing and that R Line service will not return for over another month.
“The investigation is ongoing but we do know that the service won’t resume any earlier than December,” she said.