Ore Cart Service & Transit Planning

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Questions? Concerns?
Contact (303) 384-CART(2278) or orecart@mines.edu

Ore Cart Transit Service and Routes

The City of Golden, in partnership with Colorado School of Mines (CSM), is operating the Ore Cart shuttle service.

This service is free for all riders, ADA accessible and will complement and expand access to existing transit options including the RTD 17 bus and W regional train line.

All of the routes are considered 'pilots' and will be refined based on community feedback. If you have questions, concerns, a problem or an idea, please contact the Ore Cart Helpline at (303) 384-CART (2278).

Gold Route: *NEW* North Golden

  • Please see the route map to the right for the revised route and keep an eye out for the new blue shuttle stop signs.
  • Service hours: Buses arrive approximately every 15 minutes.
    • Monday- Friday: 7 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    • Saturday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m
  • Shuttle Stops
Guggenheim
11th & Maple
11th & Miners Alley
Parfet Park/RTD Hub
10th & Cheyenne
Community Center
Canyon Gate Apartments
8th & SH58
Ford & 5th
Ford & 1st
Rubey Drive Commercial
Iowa & Washington
Washington & 3rd



Silver Route: Colorado School of Mines Campus

  • Service hours: Buses arrive approximately every 15 minutes.
    • Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    • Saturday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Please see the route map to the right. The shuttle connects the CSM campus and Mines Park along with campus parking lots.
  • Shuttle Stops
Kafadar
11th & Maple
Guggenheim
Student Rec Center
Mines Spur Road
Survey Field
Mines Park Community Center


Tungsten Route: Jefferson Campus RTD W Line Station to Downtown Golden and CSM Campus

  • Service hours: Buses arrive approximately every 15 minutes.
    • Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    • Saturday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Please see the route map to the right. The shuttle connects the CSM campus, Downtown Golden and several senior housing complexes to the RTD W Line station at the Jefferson County campus. The return route includes the remote parking lot at the Splash at Fossil Trace and Jefferson County Human Services before returning to campus
  • Shuttle Stops
Kafadar
11th & Miners Alley
17th & Jackson
CTLM Lot
Lewis Court
14th & Johnson
RTD Jeffco W Line Station
Jefferson County Human Services
Splash at Fossil Trace


Iron Route: Service ended 11/30/2023

  • Thank you to our partners, the West Corridor TMA, who helped to bring this experimental service to our city! The City is committed to continuing our exploration of transportation options in and around town.

Future Transit Planning

The Ore Cart service is one part of the transit services available in the city. RTD continues to operate the 17 (formerly the 16) bus route between the Oak Street W Line station and Downtown Golden via South Golden Road. The RTD Access-a-Ride and Flex Ride also provides paratransit and extended bus access for eligible residents within the city. Future transit planning initiatives will be added to this Guiding Golden page. If you have questions, please contact Matt Wempe, Principal Planner at 303.215.8884 or email mwempe@cityofgolden.net.

Questions? Concerns?
Contact (303) 384-CART(2278) or orecart@mines.edu

Ore Cart Transit Service and Routes

The City of Golden, in partnership with Colorado School of Mines (CSM), is operating the Ore Cart shuttle service.

This service is free for all riders, ADA accessible and will complement and expand access to existing transit options including the RTD 17 bus and W regional train line.

All of the routes are considered 'pilots' and will be refined based on community feedback. If you have questions, concerns, a problem or an idea, please contact the Ore Cart Helpline at (303) 384-CART (2278).

Gold Route: *NEW* North Golden

  • Please see the route map to the right for the revised route and keep an eye out for the new blue shuttle stop signs.
  • Service hours: Buses arrive approximately every 15 minutes.
    • Monday- Friday: 7 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    • Saturday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m
  • Shuttle Stops
Guggenheim
11th & Maple
11th & Miners Alley
Parfet Park/RTD Hub
10th & Cheyenne
Community Center
Canyon Gate Apartments
8th & SH58
Ford & 5th
Ford & 1st
Rubey Drive Commercial
Iowa & Washington
Washington & 3rd



Silver Route: Colorado School of Mines Campus

  • Service hours: Buses arrive approximately every 15 minutes.
    • Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    • Saturday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Please see the route map to the right. The shuttle connects the CSM campus and Mines Park along with campus parking lots.
  • Shuttle Stops
Kafadar
11th & Maple
Guggenheim
Student Rec Center
Mines Spur Road
Survey Field
Mines Park Community Center


Tungsten Route: Jefferson Campus RTD W Line Station to Downtown Golden and CSM Campus

  • Service hours: Buses arrive approximately every 15 minutes.
    • Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    • Saturday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Please see the route map to the right. The shuttle connects the CSM campus, Downtown Golden and several senior housing complexes to the RTD W Line station at the Jefferson County campus. The return route includes the remote parking lot at the Splash at Fossil Trace and Jefferson County Human Services before returning to campus
  • Shuttle Stops
Kafadar
11th & Miners Alley
17th & Jackson
CTLM Lot
Lewis Court
14th & Johnson
RTD Jeffco W Line Station
Jefferson County Human Services
Splash at Fossil Trace


Iron Route: Service ended 11/30/2023

  • Thank you to our partners, the West Corridor TMA, who helped to bring this experimental service to our city! The City is committed to continuing our exploration of transportation options in and around town.

Future Transit Planning

The Ore Cart service is one part of the transit services available in the city. RTD continues to operate the 17 (formerly the 16) bus route between the Oak Street W Line station and Downtown Golden via South Golden Road. The RTD Access-a-Ride and Flex Ride also provides paratransit and extended bus access for eligible residents within the city. Future transit planning initiatives will be added to this Guiding Golden page. If you have questions, please contact Matt Wempe, Principal Planner at 303.215.8884 or email mwempe@cityofgolden.net.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

The Q&A section has been closed.  If you have any feedback or questions, please contact orecart@mines.edu or call (303) 384-CART (2278).

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    Do the OreCarts have different service hours on holidays?

    Genevieve asked 10 months ago

    The Ore Cart service does not run on Sundays or Mines school holidays (typically the state holiday calendar).

  • Share Is there a tracking tool or time schedule for the Ore Cart available on the app? on Facebook Share Is there a tracking tool or time schedule for the Ore Cart available on the app? on Twitter Share Is there a tracking tool or time schedule for the Ore Cart available on the app? on Linkedin Email Is there a tracking tool or time schedule for the Ore Cart available on the app? link

    Is there a tracking tool or time schedule for the Ore Cart available on the app?

    Isabella asked 10 months ago

    This tool is in development as part of a larger Ore Cart app.

  • Share What times will the Tungsten route arrive and depart from JeffCo Government Center? Would it be possible to post a timetable? on Facebook Share What times will the Tungsten route arrive and depart from JeffCo Government Center? Would it be possible to post a timetable? on Twitter Share What times will the Tungsten route arrive and depart from JeffCo Government Center? Would it be possible to post a timetable? on Linkedin Email What times will the Tungsten route arrive and depart from JeffCo Government Center? Would it be possible to post a timetable? link

    What times will the Tungsten route arrive and depart from JeffCo Government Center? Would it be possible to post a timetable?

    Andrea asked 10 months ago

    The Ore Cart service does not currently have a hard timetable similar to RTD bus routes.  This grants us greater flexibility to address community events, construction detours and other challenges.  The Tungsten Route runs approximately every 15 minutes, and the Jeffco W Line station is synced with the train arrival.

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    Does the Tungsten route run at regular intervals, or must you request via app?

    ShannonM asked 11 months ago

    The Iron Route on-demand app only works to schedule service on that route.  We are working on a larger system application and will have more information later this fall.  

    The Tungsten Route runs approximately every 15 minutes.  The current service days and hours are now listed on this page and will be kept updated.

  • Share Will bikes be allowed on the Iron and Tungsten routes? I have been biking to and from these lines to get into Denver and have found that having my bike when I get there is indispensable. on Facebook Share Will bikes be allowed on the Iron and Tungsten routes? I have been biking to and from these lines to get into Denver and have found that having my bike when I get there is indispensable. on Twitter Share Will bikes be allowed on the Iron and Tungsten routes? I have been biking to and from these lines to get into Denver and have found that having my bike when I get there is indispensable. on Linkedin Email Will bikes be allowed on the Iron and Tungsten routes? I have been biking to and from these lines to get into Denver and have found that having my bike when I get there is indispensable. link

    Will bikes be allowed on the Iron and Tungsten routes? I have been biking to and from these lines to get into Denver and have found that having my bike when I get there is indispensable.

    riesx125 asked 12 months ago

    Bike racks will not be added to the shuttles immediately.  This may be a future amenity added during the pilot program period over the next year.

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    Have you considered a route around North Table Mountain? It could reduce parking congestion at the trail heads and provide a reduce the need for the residents in the area to park downtown.

    Becca asked about 1 year ago

    Access to Jefferson County trailheads and open space is part of ongoing transit planning conversations and may be incorporated in the future.

  • Share Will routes be added for weekdays? This could be a great advantage for elderly people to get around town for appointments and shopping. on Facebook Share Will routes be added for weekdays? This could be a great advantage for elderly people to get around town for appointments and shopping. on Twitter Share Will routes be added for weekdays? This could be a great advantage for elderly people to get around town for appointments and shopping. on Linkedin Email Will routes be added for weekdays? This could be a great advantage for elderly people to get around town for appointments and shopping. link

    Will routes be added for weekdays? This could be a great advantage for elderly people to get around town for appointments and shopping.

    asked about 1 year ago

    The additional Ore Cart routes launching this fall will operate on weekdays and weekends.  Schedule, route and other information will be posted shortly.

  • Share Will these new services be seen on services like google maps and transit app to make planning trips to Golden easier? on Facebook Share Will these new services be seen on services like google maps and transit app to make planning trips to Golden easier? on Twitter Share Will these new services be seen on services like google maps and transit app to make planning trips to Golden easier? on Linkedin Email Will these new services be seen on services like google maps and transit app to make planning trips to Golden easier? link

    Will these new services be seen on services like google maps and transit app to make planning trips to Golden easier?

    Dominic asked about 1 year ago

    The City, CSM and RTD are working to integrate local services into the Transit app and RTD's trip planner tool.  A specific launch date has not been set but is targeted for later this year as the pilot routes are refined.

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    Are dogs allowed on Ore Cart buses?

    about 1 year ago

    Service animals are permitted as required by federal transportation regulations. Non-service animals are not permitted on the buses.

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    Are tubes allowed on Ore Cart buses?

    about 1 year ago

    Uninflated tubes will fit and are welcome on the buses, wet or dry. Inflated tubes will not fit and can be carried along Clear Creek Trail on the north side of the creek. Tubing entry points have been marked on the trail for Summer 2023. Private outfitters may offer bus service upstream as well.

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