Transit & Rail


The Division of Transit & Rail (DTR) was created in 2009 via state legislation and is responsible for the planning, developing, operating, and integrating transit and rail into the statewide transportation system. The creation of the Division of Transit & Rail is consistent with CDOT's mission of "providing the best multimodal transportation system for Colorado that most effectively and safely moves people, goods and information."

What We Do

DTR works with other transit and rail providers to plan, promote, and implement investments in transit and rail services statewide. To accomplish this, DTR developed the Colorado State Freight and Passenger Rail Plan (State Rail Plan). This plan, approved by the Colorado Transportation Commission in March 2012, made CDOT eligible for Federal Railroad Administration funds.

Go to the Colorado Freight and Passenger Rail Plan

In 2019, DTR developed a State Management Plan, which is a comprehensive description of how CDOT administers federal and state funds to subrecipients across Colorado. It includes FTA's requirements for a State Management Plan and is expanded to include descriptions, flow charts, and checklists to serve as a guidebook with resources and references for CDOT's external stakeholders and internal CDOT staff.

Go to the State Management Plan

Six Guiding Principles for Transit Planning at CDOT

  When planning and designing for future transportation improvements, CDOT will consider the role of transit in meeting the mobility needs of the multimodal transportation system. CDOT will facilitate increased modal options and interface to facilities for all transportation system users.
   CDOT will consider the role of transit in maintaining, maximizing, and expanding system capacity and extending the useful life of existing transportation facilitates, networks, and right of way.
  CDOT will promote system connectivity and transit mobility by linking networks of local, regional, and interstate transportation services. 
  CDOT will work towards integrating transit to support economic growth and development, and the state's economic vitality. CDOT will pursue transit investments that support economic goals in an environmentally responsible manner.
  CDOT will establish collaborative partnerships with local agencies, transit providers, the private sector, and other stakeholders to meet the state's transit needs through open and transparent processes.
  CDOT will advocate for the state and federal support of transit in Colorado including dedicated, stable, and reliable funding sources for transit. Through partnerships, CDOT will leverage the limited transit funds available and seek new dollars for transit in Colorado.