An increase to RTD bus and rail line fares took effect early Wednesday morning. These changes were approved by the board in September.

 The new RTD fares took effect at 3 a.m. which was the start of the Jan. 2 service day. 

Local fares increased from $2.60 to $3, the regional fare increased from $4.50 to $5.25 and the fare to Denver International Airport increased from $9 to $10.50.

Riders who qualify for half-price discount fares include seniors (65 and older), individuals with disabilities and Medicare recipients. RTD’s new half-price discount fares are:

  • $1.50 for Local
  • $2.60 for Regional
  • $5.25 for a trip to or from Denver International Airport (which also can be used as a Regional day pass)

The discount fares for youth increased to 70 percent off the regular fare. Those between 6 and 19 years old qualify for these tickets. Up to three children 5 and younger will continue to ride free with a fare-paying adult.

  • 90 cents for Local
  • $1.60 for Regional
  • $3.20 for a trip to or from Denver International Airport (which also can be used as a Regional day pass)

Aside from the fare changes, these changes pave the way for a low-income fare program, which will provide a 40 percent discount to households at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level. This program is slated to take effect in July.

The rest of the changes include: 

  • Continuation of the EcoPass, Neighborhood EcoPass and CollegePass, which will be priced based upon trips taken.
  • Introduction of a 3-hour pass, which would replace a 3-hour one-way transfer.
  • 10-Ride ticket books and MyRide smart cards with discounts are retained.
  • Day and monthly passes and FlexPass will also still be available.
  • RTD is discontinuing the ValuPass (those interested instead could purchase 12 monthly passes).
  • The fare policy changes are projected to reach fare revenue target levels over the next three years.

Learn more about these changes on RTD's website here.

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