Call-n-Ride offers low fares around Ranch

Service specializes in shared rides, curbside service and saving money

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A well-kept secret in Highlands Ranch, the RTD Call-n-Ride has been transporting passengers from pre-teens to seniors around town since 2006, offering everything from rides to school, work and the store – just with a little notice required.

For only $1.10 for seniors, students and people with disabilities, and $2.25 for everybody else, the Regional Transportation District offers curb-to-curb service anywhere within the boundaries of C-470 to the north, Broadway to the west, Quebec to the east, and neighborhoods extending just south of McArthur Ranch Road and Wildcat Reserve Parkway.

“We can’t provide service outside of the district, unfortunately, but we can pick you up absolutely anywhere within the district, including right at your front door,” said Brian Matthews, Special Services Manager with RTD. “If somebody wants a ride they can call up to a couple weeks in advance or the same day, although we do ask for at least a two hour advance notice.”

With a distinct displeasure for driving and a pension for saving money, Highlands Ranch resident Kavida Bathija has been riding the Call-n-Ride since a friend told her of the service about four years ago. A regular rider three-four times a week Bathija takes the bus to her part-time job at T.J. Maxx and finds herself calling up one of the drivers to occasionally shuttle her to the store on a day off.

“They are so good,” Bathija said of the drivers. “They always come on time, right to my door. … I don’t like driving and it saves me money. My husband used to drop me off and pick me up every day and now we don’t worry about that.”

One of 20 Call-n-Rides operated in the Denver Metro area, the Highlands Ranch service is available from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday-Friday.

If you catch a ride in the morning you will likely meet Leonard Enriquez, who has been driving buses for RTD for seven years and is enjoying his third stint as a regular driver in Highlands Ranch. He said he usually picks up and drops off anywhere from 10-20 passengers a morning, but that it varies depending on the season.

“In most communities for the 12-15 year-olds these are the wheels for them while their parents are working,” Matthews said, adding that the buses are also a “lifeline for a lot of seniors.”

If you have never ridden an RTD Call-n-Ride bus before you must register by calling, but once you are in the system, you can sign up for future rides on a first-come, first-serve basis online. The buses can transport bicycles and have room to accommodate two wheelchair passengers at a time.

To view a map of the service area or for more information, please visit www.rtd-denver.com. To contact the Highlands Ranch RTD Call-n-Ride to schedule a ride, call 303-961-6403.