KUSA — An increase to RTD bus and rail line fares as well as the implantation of a low-income program for riders were approved during the agency's board of directors meeting on Tuesday.

The changes - that would in part raise the price of the A Line to Denver International Airport from $9 to $10.50 - are expected to take effect starting next January.

Fares across the board are set to increase: Local fares increase from $2.60 to $3, the regional fare increase from $4.50 to $5.25 and the fare to Denver International Airport increases from $9 to $10.50.

Aside from the fare changes, Tuesday's approval paves 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 decision the board made tonight reflects the feedback and good work of many, many people deeply interested in ensuring that RTD is offering the passes and products that best meet their needs,” said CEO and General Manager Dave Genova. “This process has exemplified transparent public engagement, and I appreciate the board’s thoughtful desire for it.”

Also included is an increase to the discount (up to 70 percent) offered to RTD's younger riders - from ages 6 to 19 years old. Additionally, families with up to three children 5 and younger would have those children ride free with a fare-paying adult.

The rest of the changes include:

  • Continue offering EcoPass, Neighborhood EcoPass and CollegePass, which will be priced based upon trips taken.
  • Introduce a 3-hour pass, which would replace a 3-hour one-way transfer.
  • Retain 10-Ride ticket books and MyRide smart cards with discounts.
  • Retain day and monthly passes and FlexPass.
  • Discontinue 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