The Regional Transportation District (RTD) will implement a new fare structure beginning Jan. 1.
New features include day passes offering riders unlimited trips through the entire service day for the cost of a single round trip; simplified rail zones; a flat $9 fare for services to and from Denver International Airport; printers aboard buses for day pass purchases; and reclassified bus routes to simplify service categories.
“Our agency has spent a lot of time working with the community to develop what we think is the best fare structure for the growing Denver metro area,” said RTD Interim General Manager and CEO David Genova. “Next year will be historic for RTD with the opening of five new transit lines. We urge everyone to be ready for our implementation of new fare policies.”
RTD is asking passengers to “know your fare” before the new policies take effect. Riders should look into the best way to get to their destination, how much it will cost and where to buy the appropriate fare media.
The agency’s new fare structure stems from a nearly two-year process that included an extensive public engagement process across the eight-county Denver metro region.
“The public gave great input, RTD listened and now we have a simplified, more equitable fare structure that will help connect people with our system and to one another across the metro area,” said RTD Board of Directors Chair Chuck Sisk.
- Local day passes will cost $5.20 and Regional/Airport day passes will cost $9. Day passes will provide unlimited trips throughout a service day for the cost of a round trip, and the Regional/Airport day pass will include an Airport fare.
- New bus and rail trip categories are Local, Regional and Airport.
- Express bus routes will become Local or Regional trips.
- New rail zones are A, B, C and Airport. Travel in one or two zones will require a Local fare; travel in three zones will require a Regional fare; and travel in the Airport zone will require an Airport fare.
- A one-way Local trip will cost $2.60; a one-way Regional trip will cost $4.50; and a one-way trip to or from DIA will cost $9.
- Half-fare discounts will still be available for elementary, middle and high school students ages 6-19, Medicare recipients, passengers with disabilities and people ages 65 and above. A one-way Local Discount trip will cost $1.30 and a Regional or Airport Discount trip will cost $4.50 for qualifying passengers.
RTD announced earlier this year that the commuter rail line that will provide service between Denver’s Union Station and Denver International Airport will begin service on April 22, 2016.