2016 Fare Changes

RTD’s Board of Directors approved new fares that will take effect on January 1, 2016. The new fares were designed to simplify the way passengers pay for trips across RTD’s expanding transit system.

Fare Changes at a Glance

New DayPass

Take unlimited rides on bus and rail for the price of a round-trip. Affordable and convenient, the new DayPass is the best value pricing program if you ride more than twice a day.

Fewer Rail Fares

Only three rail fares: Local, Regional and Airport, for both the existing light rail lines and the new rail lines opening in 2016. It does not get any easier than that!

Airport Fare

Only one fare to and from Denver International Airport: $9 one-way for both SkyRide and the future rail line to DIA opening April 22, 2016. The most affordable and convenient ride to DIA.

Simplified Bus Fares

Only three bus fares: Local, Regional and Airport. Express fares will be reclassified as either Local or Regional. We made our bus fares easier for you.

2016 Local, Regional and Airport Fares

Local

  • $2.60 regular price / $1.30 discount price
    One-way
  • $26 regular price / $13 discount price
    Day Pass Book
    contains 5 day passes
  • $99 regular price / $49 discount price
    Monthly Pass
  • $23.50 regular price / $11.75 discount price
    10-Ride Ticket Book
  • $1,089 regular price / $539 discount price
    ValuPass

Services

  • Local bus
  • Limited bus
  • Local rail (1 or 2 zones)

Regional

  • $4.50 regular price / $2.25 discount price
    One-way
  • $45 regular price / $22.50discount price
    Day Pass Book
    contains 5 day passes
  • $171 regular price / $85 discount price
    Monthly Pass
  • $40.50 regular price / $20.25 discount price
    10-Ride Ticket Book
  • $1,881 regular price / $935 discount price
    ValuPass

Services

  • Regional bus
  • Regional rail (3 zones)

Airport

  • $9.00 regular price / $4.50 discount price
    One-way
  • Airport fare is Included in the
    Regional/Airport Day Pass
  • Airport fare is Included in the
    Regional/Airport Monthly Pass
  • Travel to Airport Airport trips require an upgrade
    Pay the difference in cash
  • Airport fare is Included in the
    Regional/Airport ValuPass

Services

  • Bus service to DIA
  • Rail service to DIA
  • Airport zone
Legend: Full-fare / Discount fare*

Regional/Airport Day and Monthly passes are valid forms of payment for trips to or from Denver International Airport. A fare upgrade will be necessary with Local/Limited Day or Monthly Passes. Airport fares will not apply on Route 169L.

* Discount fares apply to seniors 65+, individuals with disabilities, Medicare recipients and elementary, middle and high school students, ages 6-19. Provide proof of eligibility when boarding. Seniors and individuals with disabilities may obtain a Special Discount Card by calling 303.299.2667. Active duty members of the U.S. military currently ride for free on all RTD services. Learn more about discount fares, proof of eligibility requirements and special discount cards.

New 2016 Rail Fare Zones

New 2016 RTD Fare Details

To streamline fares for our customers, we’re introducing three fare categories, Local, Regional and Airport. As a result, we will also implement the following changes:

  • 10-Ride Ticket Books :
    10-Ride Ticket Books will continue to be sold and accepted as fare payment for Local and Regional trips beyond January 1, 2016, and will continue to provide a 10 percent discount.
  • Access-a-Ride :
    Access-a-Ride fares will range from $4.70 to $17.50 depending on where you start and how far you travel. Access-a-Ride now offers Local 5-Ride ticket books that provide a 10 percent discount, the most cost-effective option. 10-Ride tickets will continue to be accepted as payment on Access-a-Ride. Passengers with a valid Access-a-Ride ID card can ride any RTD fixed route service for free.
    Local Regional DIA
    One-way $4.70 $8.50 $17.50
    5-Ride Ticket Books $21.25 -- --
  • CollegePass :
    The $2.50 surcharge to and from the Denver International Airport will be eliminated for all schools.
  • Day Pass :
    A Day Pass will allow you to take unlimited rides on bus and rail for the price of a round-trip within one service day (3:00 a.m. - 2:59 a.m. next day). The Regional/Airport Day Pass will allow unlimited rides within one day on bus and rail, including trips to or from Denver International Airport. Day Passes for Local and Regional/Airport fare will be available for sale on buses with cash only, at sales outlets, and from ticket vending machines at rail stations. The Five-Day Pass will be replaced with a Day Pass Book with five one-day passes that can be purchased at RTD sales outlets.
  • EcoPass :
    The $2.50 surcharge to and from the Denver International Airport will be eliminated. Contract pricing for participating companies will increase from current rates.
  • Express bus fares :
    Starting January 1, 2016, all Express bus routes and fares will be reclassified as either Local/Limited or Regional routes, which means, the routes will have either a Local or Regional fare. The following Express routes will be reclassified as a Local/Limited route with a Local fare: 31X, 40X, 55X, 72X, 80X, 87X, 100X, and 145X. The 145X will be reclassified as a Local/Limited route with a Local fare except for trips to or from Denver International Airport, which are classified as Airport fare. The following Express routes will be reclassified as a Regional route with a Regional fare: 47X, 104X, 116X, 120X, and 122X. Designated short trips on these routes will only require a Local fare. Service on all above routes will remain the same. View 2016 Regional and SkyRide Fare Charts
  • Five-Day Pass :
    The Five-Day Pass will be replaced with a Day Pass Book with five one-day passes that can be purchased at RTD sales outlets.
  • FlexPass :
    Fares are based on pricing for Local and Regional monthly passes and will include discounts for companies participating in the FlexPass program.
  • Light rail :
    See rail fares
  • Monthly Pass :
    Monthly Passes will be available for Local and Regional/Airport fare levels. Local and Regional monthly passes provide unlimited trips in a calendar month. Regional monthly passes will include travel to or from DIA.
  • MyRide
    Smart Card
    Pilot Program :
    RTD is planning to begin a limited public pilot program to test parts of the stored value functionality of the new MyRide smart card. Participants will be able to load cash value at RTD sales outlets and pay their fares on bus and rail with a smart card. Active participation and feedback will be solicited from pilot participants through online surveys and/or focus groups. Details on the MyRide smart card pilot program will be available at rtd-denver.com later this year. Card distribution to pilot participants is scheduled to begin in January.
  • Neighborhood EcoPass :
    The $2.50 surcharge to and from Denver International Airport will be eliminated. Contract pricing for participating communities will increase from current rates.
  • Rail fares :
    Rail fare zones have been simplified resulting in three fare levels (Local, Regional and Airport). Travel in one to two zones is a Local fare. Travel in three zones is a Regional fare. All trips to or from Denver International Airport require an Airport fare.
  • Regional bus routes :
    Some Regional bus routes will be a combination of Local and Regional fares. Designated short trips on a Regional route will only require a Local fare. View 2016 Regional and SkyRide Fare Charts
  • SkyRide and airport fares :
    SkyRide fare levels and all service to Denver International Airport will be consolidated to one airport fare, which will be $9 one-way. Children over the age of 5 will no longer ride for free. Children ages 6-19 will pay half fare on any airport service to be consistent with all other RTD services. Regional/Airport day and monthly passes are valid for travel to or from DIA. SkyRide ticket books have been eliminated. Regional/Airport Day Pass Books containing five one-day passes will be available.
  • Sports and special event rides :
    Sports rides and special services offer both Local and Regional fares. The fare for your trip will depend on the route, where you start, and how far you travel. Each service’s fares will be updated prior to the event or start of the season. Visit individual sports rides and special services online at a later time for detailed fares.
  • Transfers :
    Transfers will continue to be issued and accepted as fare payment beyond January 1, 2016. Punched transfer will be replaced with a different printed paper transfer. Transfers will allow passengers to complete a one-way trip within 3 hours.
  • Upgrades :
    Passengers with a Local transfer, Local Day Pass or Local Monthly Pass will be able to upgrade to a Regional/Airport Day Pass (Full $6.40/Discount $3.20) with cash on the bus; or with cash, credit or debit at the ticket vending machines at rail and bus rapid transit stations. Passengers with a Local transfer, Local Day Pass, or Local Monthly Pass will be able to purchase a single trip upgrade for a Regional bus trip (Full $1.90/Discount $0.95) with cash on board a Regional bus. Passengers will not be issued a three hour transfer. A Local transfer, Local Day Pass, or Local Monthly Pass will serve as a $2.60 credit toward your SkyRide or airport fare.
  • Flatiron Flyer service (US 36 Bus Rapid Transit) :
    The new Flatiron Flyer bus rapid transit service offers both Local and Regional trips between downtown Denver and Boulder. The fare for your trip will depend on your route, where you start, and how far you travel. Designated short trips on a Regional route will only require a Local fare. View 2016 Regional and SkyRide Fare Charts
  • ValuPass :
    ValuPass will continue to be available for Local and Regional fare levels. With ValuPass, customers can purchase 11 monthly passes in advance and receive the 12th month free.

RTD’s fare study

As part of RTD’s fare study, we evaluated our current fares, identified opportunities to simplify our fares, gathered public input and developed new fares to meet our customers’ needs. The new fares are designed to enhance the customer experience and simplify the way passengers pay for trips across our expanding transit system.

PHASE 1
IDENTIFY CHALLENGES
Aug. - Sept. 2014

Identify issues our riders are facing with our current fare structure through public meetings and online feedback.

PHASE 2
DEVELOP FARE STRUCTURE ALTERNATIVES
Dec. 2014 - Jan. 2015

Develop simplified fare structure alternatives; gather public feedback through public meetings and online feedback.

PHASE 3
RECOMMEND NEW FARE STRUCTURE AND PRICING
Spring 2015

Develop fare pricing options; gathered public input, and RTD Board approve new fare structure and new pricing.

PHASE 4
RECOMMEND SIMPLIFIED PASS PROGRAMS
Fall 2015

Develop simplified pass program recommendations (Non-Profit Agency Reduced Fare Program, EcoPass, CollegePass, etc.) and RTD Board approve new pass programs.

PHASE 5
IMPLEMENT
January 1, 2016

Communicate new fare structure, pricing and pass programs to the public and implement the new fare policies.

If you are not familiar with our fares, view our current fare policies.