Discounted Fares

The following discounted fare eligibility requirements take effect January 1, 2019 as part of the new RTD 2019 Fares changes.

The Youth Special Discount Card (SDC) is one method of verification to receive the 70 percent fare discount for youth ages 6-19 on all regular bus and train service. If the passenger has a current middle or high school ID, or government-issued photo ID showing the passenger’s age, then the Youth SDC is not required. The youth discount is not offered on Access-a-Ride service. Youth must provide proof of eligibility when using discounted fare products when boarding a bus and when asked by a fare inspector. See eligibility requirements below.

The Senior Special Discount Card (SDC) provides a 50 percent fare discount for people ages 65+ on all regular bus and train service. The senior discount is not offered on Access-a-Ride service. Seniors must present a photo ID showing passenger’s age, Medicare card, or RTD-issued Special Discount Card. RTD-issued Special Discount Card is not necessary as proof of eligibility for discounted fare when boarding a bus or train. See eligibility requirements below. 

The Individuals with Disabilities Special Discount Card (SDC) provides a 50 percent fare discount for individuals with disabilities on all regular bus and train service. The individuals with disabilities discount is not offered on Access-a-Ride service. Individuals with disabilities must present a Medicare card or RTD-issued Special Discount Card. RTD-issued Special Discount Card is not necessary as proof of eligibility for discounted fare when boarding a bus or train. See eligibility requirements below.

Download 2019 Application Forms

Previous Special Discount Form will not be accepted after December 31, 2018.

 

Individuals with disabilities

Individuals with disabilities may obtain a special discount card. Read eligibility requirements and learn how to apply for a card below.

U.S. military ride for free

Active duty members of the U.S. military currently ride for free on all RTD services. See conditions.

Special Discount Card

To apply to receive an RTD Special Discount Card (SDC), please review the following requirements:

In order to be eligible for an SDC, you must provide proof of eligibility. See below for explanation.

Eligibility Requirements for New, Expired, or Renewal Cards

Youth

  • Birth certificate or passport 
  • Valid state-issued identification card or driver's license 
  • Alien registration/permanent resident card
  • Military identification/dependent card with date of birth
  • Middle or high school student identification card

Senior

  • Birth certificate or passport 
  • Valid state-issued identification card or driver's license 
  • Alien registration/permanent resident card
  • Military identification/dependent card with date of birth
  • Medical benefit card with date of birth

Individuals with Disabilities

  • Medicare validation: Applicant must submit a copy of their Medicare card. Medicaid card will not be accepted
  • Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income: Applicant must provide printout of their Social Security Benefits statement with the words "disabled individual" dated within the last year. 
  • Disabled Veterans Validation: Applicant has a service-connected disability and must submit a copy of a benefit letter from the Veterans Administration (VA). The letter must state disability is over 50% service connected and dated within the last year. 
  • Health Care Provider's Statement: Application must be completed by an M.D., D.O., N.P., or P.A. ONLY. Must be signed and dated within the last three months (90 days). Health Care Provider's Statement is found in the Individuals with Disabilities Special Discount Card application.

No other proof of disability will be accepted.

LiVE MyRide Card

LiVE is available as a MyRide Card or on the RTD Mobile Tickets app.

Learn about RTD's new LiVE Program

LiVE fare products

  Local Regional Airport
3-Hour Pass
MyRide Smart Card
$1.80 $3.15 $6.30
3-Hour Pass
RTD Mobile Tickets app
$1.80 $3.15 Upgrade required
  Local Regional/Airport
Day Pass
RTD Mobile Tickets app
$3.60 $6.30
2019 Discount Bus and Train Fares - Youth (Ages 6-19)
  Local & Limited
1-2 Rail Fare Zones
Regional
3 Rail Fare Zones
Airport
Airport Fare Zone
3-Hour Pass $0.90 $1.60 $3.20
DayPass $1.80 $3.20 included in Regional/Airport Day Pass
MyRide
3 Hour
$0.90 $1.60 $3.20
10-Ride
Ticket Book
$9.00 $16.00 travel to DIA requires an upgrade
Monthly Pass

$34.20

$60.00 included in Regional/Airport Monthly Pass
2019 Discount Bus and Train Fares - Age 65+ &/or Disabilities
  Local & Limited
1-2 Rail Fare Zones
Regional
3 Rail Fare Zones
Airport
Airport Fare Zone
3-Hour Pass $1.50* $2.60* $5.25*
DayPass $3.00* $5.25* included in Regional/Airport Day Pass
MyRide
3 Hour
$1.40* $2.50* $5.15*
10-Ride
Ticket Book
$14* $25.25* travel to DIA requires an upgrade
Monthly Pass

$57*

$99* included in Regional/Airport Monthly Pass
Discount Airport/SkyRide Fare

Airport/SkyRide 3-Hour Passes discounted fare is $5.25* ($5.15* when using a MyRide card) regardless of where you board a SkyRide bus or University of Colorado A Line train with an airport destination/departure.

Airport/SkyRide 3-Hour Passes discounted youth fare is $3.20** regardless of where you board a SkyRide bus or University of Colorado A Line rail train with an airport destination/departure.

Contact the Special Discount Office

How to Apply

eMail, Postal Mail or In Person

You may apply for the Special Discount Card in these ways:

  • in person at RTD Offices
  • email application packet
  • traditional postal mail application 

Please ensure every step is followed before submitting your application. If items are missing then your pass will not be mailed to you. Passes will be mailed to the address specified on the application within 15 business days from the date the application is received. Please do not email requesting status of your pass if it has been less than 15 business days. 

The following items below should be included in one packet that is to be mailed via postal mail or emailed:

  • A current full-face photo with no hats or sunglasses on a neutral background
  • Completed Special Discount Application with required signatures
  • Copy of one approved “Age Verification” documents listed on the application

 

EMAIL 

Email this information to: [email protected]

 

POSTAL MAIL 

You may also mail a physical copy of this packet to:

RTD Special Discount
1660 Blake Street - BLK-12
Denver, CO 80202

 

IN PERSON

You may apply in person by bringing a completed application, eligibility documentation, and a valid government-issued photo ID card to the following location:

1660 Blake Street, Denver
Monday - Thursday, 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon and 1:00p.m.- 4:00p.m.
Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon and 1:00p.m.- 3:00p.m.
see note above about construction

 

Photos will not be taken on the following days: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

RTD will accept a valid government-issued photo ID card (driver's license, non-driver's ID or passport). Photocopies of I.D. cards and other forms of non-government photo identification will not be accepted.

Upon approval of your eligibility, you will be issued an SDC, which will entitle you to use any bus or train service by paying a reduced-cash fare, purchasing a 3-Hour pass, a Day or Monthly pass, or 10-Ride Ticket Books at a discounted rate that are available for sale on at sales outlets, online, and from ticket vending machines at train stations. 

Personal Attendants, Aides, and Trainers

Personal attendants, aides, and trainers accompanying passengers who have a disability are permitted to ride for free.

Lost, Stolen, or Damaged Cards Replacement

To replace a lost or stolen SDC, go to the locations above at the times listed. Any lost or stolen card will be replaced at a charge of $5.00 to a maximum of five cards replaced in one year. Damaged cards will be replaced at no charge; however, the damaged card must be presented at the time of being reissued.