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RTD Fares Hikes in Boudler County, Region-wide to Take Effect Wednesday

December 29, 2018
Maddie Srnka and Dante Pasionek chat before getting on their bus to Denver International Airport at the RTD Downtown Boulder Station on Friday.

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For more information about the new fares, call RTD Customer Care at 303-299-6000 or visit rtd-denver.com and click on Fares & Passes.

It will soon cost a bit more to take the bus. Starting Wednesday, people will pay higher fares to ride Regional Transportation District buses within Boulder County and elsewhere in RTD’s multiple-county metro-Denver service area.

The exception to the fare increase is Longmont, where a city government subsidy will continue to provide free rides on the local 323, 324, 326 and 327 bus routes in the city.

The RTD board of directors in September approved the rate hikes for fares and pass programs, which mean another 20 to 75 cents per ride depending on the route.

The cost of a one-way cash fare for a local route within the city of Boulder, for example, which previously was $2.60 per trip, will increase to $3.

Seniors 65 and older, individuals with disabilities, and Medicare recipients can continue to pay a discounted local route fare, but that also will be going up — from $1.30 a ride to $1.50.

The full-price cash fare for a one-way trip on a regional bus route — such as on the Bolt Route between Boulder and Longmont, one of the LD routes between Longmont and Denver, the N Route between Boulder and Nederland, the Y Route between Boulder and Lyons, or the Flatiron Flyer between Boulder and Denver — will go from $4.50 to $5.25.

Full-price regional bus fares for seniors, the disabled and Medicare recipients will go from $2.10 to $2.60 a ride.

Riders ages 6 to 19 will continue to pay discounted fares. The new youth fares for one-way trips on local routes will be 90 cents, and for one-way trips on regional routes, $1.60.

That represents an increased discount from the full cash fares for youth equivalent to 30 percent of the full fare. Previously, RTD charged elementary, middle and high-school students 50 percent of the full adult-passenger cash fare.

The new youth fares will not require that 6- to 19-year-olds be enrolled in school.

Up to three children 5 and younger will continue to ride for free if they are with a fare-paying adult.

RTD also will start charging more for its day passes, 10-ride ticket books and monthly passes beginning Wednesday.

RTD officials have said next summer they intend to launch a new fare program for low-income people — those with household incomes at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level — who will be eligible for a 40 percent discount on full-price fares.

The transit agency will continue to offer its Eco-Pass, Neighborhood Eco-Pass and College Pass programs, with prices based on the number of trips taken.

John Fryar: 303-684-5211, jfryar@times-call.com or twitter.com/jfryartc

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