“The Regional Transportation District board approved new fare policies designed to help simplify the way passengers pay for trips across RTD’s expanding transit system.
The RTD Board of Directors’ decision greenlights the public transit agency’s first fare increase in five years, and establishes a new fare structure for the first time in nearly a dozen years.
The Board of Director’s voted 11-1 to increase rates despite nearly two hours of testimony from riders and non-profit advocates asking them to reconsider.
Beginning next year, RTD’s new fare policies will include a new pay-per-boarding system offering passengers:
A single-boarding $2.60 Local fare or, for the price of a round trip, a $5.20 Local Day Pass to make unlimited trips on Local bus and rail routes through the end of the service day.
Regional bus and rail fares for $4.50 per boarding or $9 for a Regional Day Pass for unlimited Local and Regional trips, including those to and from Denver International Airport.
Day Passes priced at the cost of a round trip—eliminating the need for paper transfers—and available for purchase from printers on buses or ticket-vending machines at train stations.
An Airport fare of $9 – $4 lower than the current, highest SkyRide trip.
Fewer light rail zones, allowing more rail passengers to travel on a Local fare.
A zone-based system on bus routes, including the BRT corridor between Denver and Boulder.
Next year, RTD also plans to phase in a tap-and-pay “smart card” system that will enable passengers to purchase and store fares electronically, and receive fare discounts as incentives to migrate away from paper and cash fares.”
Hendrickson, Molly. Denver Post 26 May 2015.