Mobility Options

No car? No problem! We have options…

Light Rail

RTD LightrailThe 12.1 mile light rail line connects Denver Union Station to Golden’s end-of-line station at the Jefferson County campus, with stops in Denver and Lakewood.

The frequency is every 15 minutes at the Golden station.

Learn more about the West Rail Line.

Ore Cart logoOre Cart Shuttle Service

Recently launched, the Ore Cart is operated in partnership with Colorado School of Mines and the West Line Corridor Collaborative to expand public transit options for the Golden community.

This pilot service is free for all riders, ADA accessible, and will complement and expand access to existing transit options, including the RTD 16 bus and W and G regional train lines.

Learn more and view route maps on the Ore Cart Shuttle Service page.


Golden offers a number of resources and amenities for bicyclists, including an extensive trail and street network, a mountain bike park, a bike-share system and education and safety programs.

Learn more about Bicycling in Golden.


Managed by CDOT, the Bustang offers routes to popular mountain towns and along other heavily traveled corridors along the Front Range. The buses do not stop in Golden, but do stop at the nearby Federal Center station in Lakewood. You don’t have to fight traffic alone on I70 for a daytrip to the mountains!

Learn more about mobility options for mountain travel.

How to Ride Local Public Transit

Visit for the most updated fares, including available discounts for seniors, students and other groups.

Local/limited one way ticket

A local one-way ticket takes you to Denver and beyond by bus. It applies to all city buses, including Golden’s green call-and-ride buses, but not regional buses such as the bus to Evergreen or Boulder. This ticket will also allow you to travel within two light rail fare zones which, in Golden’s case, means that it will take you to any of the Lakewood stations, but getting to Denver will cost you extra. This fare also entitles you to a transfer so, for example, you could take a Golden green bus to the light rail station, and then take the train to the Federal Center all under this fare.

Monthly pass

This pass allows unlimited rides within the local/limited service area constraints. Great for those who commute to work or school in Lakewood on the light rail, or as far as Denver on the 16 or 16L bus.

Ticket book (10 rides)

Perfect for the busy commuter, student, or passenger on the go, these pocket-sized books contain 10 tickets valid for one-way bus or light rail service. Tickets are inserted into the bus fare box just like cash. When riding light rail, be sure to validate your ticket by inserting it into a validation machine prior to boarding. Tickets are valid for 90 minutes after the time of validation.

Denver by rail

Takes you three fare zones to Denver stations via light rail. For those regular commuters to Denver, monthly passes are also available.

Unlimited 5 day pass

This pass is valid for all local, limited, express, and regional bus, and light rail travel in all fare zones. Great for those visiting the area for a few days to explore metro Denver. Still a little confused or have another question? Learn more about all of RTD’s fare options on the RTD website.

Where to buy tickets and passes in Golden?

  • Safeway Customer Service Desk
  • King Soopers Customer Service Desk
COG Mesa

 Golden was named after Thomas L. Golden,
a gold prospector who arrived in Jefferson County in 1858.

Additional Resources

City of Golden, Colorado
COG Mesa
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