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Denver offers a variety of transportation options like any major city. Within the downtown area, where many of the city's bus and rail transit lines converge, getting around without a car is relatively easy. In addition to RTD buses and rail, the free 16th Street MallRide and MetroRide, Denver B-Cycle bike sharing, various taxi and pedi-cab services, and ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft allow visitors the chance to explore the city center without having to drive everywhere.
Outside of downtown, a car will be necessary unless your destination is located near one of the city's 125 bus routes or near one of Denver's rail transit lines, which currrently (June 2016) extend into the southwestern, southeastern, western, and eastern parts of the metro area. For more information on Denver's public bus and rail services, visit the website for RTD (Regional Transportation District), the region's transit authority. Future rail lines extending to the northwestern and northern parts of the metro area are scheduled for opening in 2016 and 2018, respectively.
The major expressways in Denver include Interstate 25, the main north-south highway, Interstate 70, the main east-west highway and the route west into the Rocky Mountains, and various other metro-area expressways such as Interstate-225, Interstate-76, and Interstate-270.
The 470 "beltway" around the metro area consists of three major segments. The southwest quadrant of the beltway is a toll-free expressway maintained by the state. The entire eastern half of the beltway is the E-470 toll road, with tolls charged depending on the distance traveled and operated by a private company. The northwestern quadrant of the beltway is not complete, but the segment that is complete is called the Northwest Parkway, and is also a toll road operated by a private company.
The Denver metro area has hundreds of miles of off-street bike and pedestrian paths, many following natural waterways or drainage corridors such as the South Platte River and Cherry Creek, as well as along the 470 beltway corridor.