New RTD fares, increased youth discount begin

Staff report
Posted 12/27/18

Changes to the Regional Transportation District’s fares and pass programs that began Jan. 2 include the implementation of a youth fare that increases to 70 percent the discount offered to riders …

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New RTD fares, increased youth discount begin

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Changes to the Regional Transportation District’s fares and pass programs that began Jan. 2 include the implementation of a youth fare that increases to 70 percent the discount offered to riders between 6 and 19 years old, RTD announced in a news release.

The new, age-based youth discount — no longer requiring enrollment in elementary, middle or high school — is one of several key changes that are now in effect.

Another new product is the three-hour pass, enabling riders to travel for up to three hours in any direction within the fare category for which they have paid — for example, local or regional — replacing the one-way transfer or ticket.

New RTD fares also became effective Jan. 2. New full-price fares are: $3 for local; $5.25 for regional; and $10.50 for a trip to or from DIA, or for a regional day pass.

Riders who qualify for half-price discount fares include seniors (65 and older), individuals with disabilities and Medicare recipients. Proof of eligibility is required. RTD’s new half-price discount fares are $1.50 for local; $2.60 for regional; and $5.25 for DIA trip or regional day pass.

Discounted fares for youths will increase to 70 percent. Proof of eligibility is required. RTD’s new youth fares are 90 cents for local, $1.60 for regional; and $3.20 for DIA trip or regional day pass.

A new low-income program set to begin in summer 2019 will provide a 40 percent discount to qualifying riders whose household incomes are at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level. Interested customers will have to qualify and enroll in the program to receive the low-income fare.

EcoPass, Neighborhood EcoPass and CollegePass will continue to be offered and will be priced based upon trips taken. The 10-Ride ticket books and MyRide smart cards have been retained with discounts. Day and monthly passes and FlexPass have been retained. ValuPass has been discontinued, with the purchase of 12 monthly passes remaining an option for those who are interested.

More information is available by calling RTD Customer Care at 303-299-6000 or visiting rtd-denver.com/fares-2019.shtml.

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