Can I bring my service animal on the bus or train?

RTD welcomes service animals aboard our transport vehicles. Service animals are not required to be identified by any special badging, leash and/or collar, or animal apparel.

Currently only ADA service animals are permitted on our services outside of carriers. According to Federal Regulations regarding accessibility, “service animal” means any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability, including, but not limited to, guiding individuals with impaired vision, alerting individuals with impaired hearing to intruders or sounds, providing minimal protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, or fetching dropped items.

Passengers are not required to carry the service animal in a container. Service animals are allowed on the wheelchair lift with the owner. Otherwise, service animals must remain on the floor, not blocking the aisle, or on their owner's/trainer's lap. Service animals are not allowed to sit in the aisle or on seats.

The operator may deny boarding or request that you remove the animal if it becomes violent, disruptive, or poses a threat to other passengers.

All other pets may be transported on our vehicles so long as they are carried on the rider's lap in an appropriate closed container. Pets may also be be carried in the under floor luggage bays of regional coaches. These pets must be contained in locked, standard commercial containers. 

A link to our policy page can be found here:


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