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RTD fare increases now in effect

Fares across the board increased Wednesday.

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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