RTD votes to keep 403 bus line, reduces services for COVID-19

Route will be temporarily halted beginning April 19

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While the Highlands Ranch 403 bus line, which runs through Wildcat Reserve Parkway, is no longer in danger of being cut as part of RTD's May service changes, it will be temporarily halted as part of the transportation district's response to COVID-19.

While it was originally proposed to cut the route as part of the transportation district's plan to address operator shortages, the RTD board of directors voted to retain the service during a March 24 remote meeting.

“In response to the tremendous response from Highlands Ranch residents, our staff has now revised the proposal such that the 403 will continue in service, but the frequency will be adjusted to provide hourly service,” said RTD director Doug Tisdale, who represents Highlands Ranch.

Under a new emergency plan, which will go into effect April 19, RTD is reducing its services in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic. 

“We will be discontinuing the 403 bus line for the time being,” Tisdale said. “There is simply no ridership on that line at this time.”

Once the effects of the pandemic slow, RTD will return the service, he said.

When it is restored, the 403 will only run once an hour during peak periods instead of every half-hour, Tisdale said. The route will continue to provide hourly services during non-peak periods as well.

Line 403, which goes from the northwest corner of Highlands Ranch to the western edge of Lone Tree, was slated to be cut due to low ridership, said Daniel Merritt, an RTD service planner. 

The changes were first discussed during a March 10 meeting of directors with the final decision made March 24, Tisdale said.

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