Colorado Abolishes “Free Speech Zones” at Public Universities

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed into law legislation that effectively abolishes free speech zones on the state’s public college campuses. Free speech zones, areas in which students’ First Amendment rights are literally confined, stifle freedom of speech and expression on America’s college campuses. The legislation, Colorado Senate Bill 62, prohibits the state’s […]

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RTD to provide free rides starting at 7 p.m. on New Year’s Eve

DENVER — For the eighth year in a row, the Regional Transportation District (RTD) is partnering with Coors Light and Coors Distributing Company to offer free rides on New Year’s Eve on all regularly-scheduled bus and rail service, as well as Access-a-Ride and SkyRide services. Free service will run from 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31, to 7 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 1. Passengers have more options this year because of the opening of the Flatiron Flyer service along U.S. 36, the University of Colorado A Line to East Denver and the B Line to Westminster.

“We’re excited to partner with Coors Light once again to offer safe rides to local residents on New Year’s Eve,” said David Genova, General Manager, and CEO of RTD. “We want to remind the community to ring in the New Year safely and take advantage of Coors Light Free Rides.”

Service will operate on a Saturday schedule on New Year’s Eve and a Sunday/holiday schedule on New Year’s Day. Passengers should check both the late night weekday schedule and the early morning Sunday/holiday schedule for trips after midnight on New Year’s Eve. Service hours will not be extended. Due to expected high passenger volumes, riders should plan accordingly for the evening.

Due to downtown New Year’s Eve fireworks displays, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. there will be limited Free MallRide service on the 16th Street Mall, and no service on the D, F and H light rail lines between the Theatre District/Convention Center and 18th & California/Stout stations.

RTD has offered this free fare service to discourage drinking and driving and keeping our roadways safe for more than 25 years. This is the eighth year in a row that RTD has partnered with Coors Light, Coors Distributing Company and the Colorado State Patrol to promote a safe New Year’s Eve.

For fare and schedule information, visit or call RTD Customer Care at 303-299-6000 or TDD 303-299-6089 from 6 a.m.–6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

RTD’s mission is to provide safe, clean, reliable, courteous, accessible and cost-effective bus and rail services across the eight-county district. The public transit agency fulfills over 100 million passenger trips annually and is creating a larger, better and more accessible system through innovation, public-private partnerships and transit-oriented communities. For more information, visit

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“Parking Angels” to Give Gift of Free Parking Cards!

DENVER — As a way to spread holiday cheer, Denver’s Right of Way Enforcement “Angels” will give the gift of free parking to drivers in Denver now through Saturday, December 24! The Parking Angels will hand out 100 ParkSmart Denver parking cards, valued at $ 5 each in metered areas of town. 

The annual holiday program provides a fun way for agents to connect with drivers and help spread the word about ParkSmart Denver cards, which are the perfect stocking stuffers! They also come in $ 15, $ 25, $ 50, and $ 100 increments. The pre-loaded, credit card sized plastic cards can be used at any of the 6,000 Smart Meters throughout Denver. 

ParkSmart Denver cards can be purchased at the following locations:

  • Metro area King Soopers stores (customer service counter)
  • Wellington Webb Building, 201 West Colfax Avenue

    First Floor Cashier Counter
    Second Floor Cashier Counter by Community, Planning, and Development
  • Wastewater Management Building, 2000 West 3rd Street

    First Floor Permit Counter
  • Downtown Denver Partnership, 511 16th St., Ste. 200
  • Both Denver Tattered Cover locations:

    2526 East Colfax Avenue at Elizabeth Street
    1628 16th Street at Wynkoop

In addition to the Parking Angels program, Denver Public Works has made several customer service enhancements this year to give people more tools to be ticket free, which include: 

  • Creating a new service to help people manage their parking online, at After creating a profile, residents can take advantage of new features including the option to receive electronic notifications for free holiday parking days and to help remember renewal deadlines for residential parking permits.
  • Offering reserve and pre-pay options at some garages and lots in Downtown Denver that are parking destinations for people visiting museums and libraries.
  • Adding street sweeping reminders to Pocketgov, Denver’s new mobile web app that makes city living easier.

To learn more about the City’s approach to managing parking, visit


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