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Enrollment underway for RTD's new fare discount program

The program provides a 40% discount to low income residents who qualify.


Enrollment begins Monday for the Regional Transportation District (RTD)’s new, income-based fare discount program.

The LiVE Program provides a 40% discount to qualifying riders whose household incomes are at or below 185% of the federal poverty level.

“The LiVE Program brings discounted fares to more riders who qualify,” said RTD General Manager and CEO Dave Genova. “Until now, individuals had to work through some government agencies and nonprofit organizations to obtain an income-based discount. Now, they can apply directly through PEAK, the state’s public benefits application website, and receive a proof of eligibility card within weeks.”

Interested riders will have to qualify and enroll in the LiVE Program to receive the discounted fare. Applicants must be between 20 and 64 years old and live within the RTD district to qualify.

In 2019 on an annual basis, 185 percent of the federal poverty level is as follows:

  • $23,107 one person
  • $31,284 family of two
  •  $39,461 family of three
  • $47,638 family of four

The LiVE Program income threshold amounts will be updated each April, based on the most recent guidelines. The discounts were approved last fall along with fare increases, and since then staff has been working to complete all of the technical and logistical details necessary to launch it.  

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LiVE Program applicants not already enrolled in certain medical, cash or food assistance programs must provide household income information and documents that verify income, such as pay stubs, self-employment income and expense statements, and award letters for cash assistance programs or unemployment benefits.

Once approved, applicants will receive a LiVE Program eligibility card in the mail that must be used alongside any of the following forms of LiVE Program fare media: a MyRide card, a mobile ticket (three-hour or day pass) or a ticket issued by a nonprofit agency. Qualifying riders will need to carry both items to ride the RTD system and enjoy the discount.

Cards are valid for a year from the date of approval. RTD offers additional discount programs to individuals who are younger than 20, older than 64, disabled or Medicare recipients. More details are at rtd-denver.com.

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