EcoPass

 General Information

Eco Pass Today LogoEcoPass is an annual transit pass purchased by a company and its employees or a collection of residences. The pass provides unlimited usage of RTD services. Companies purchase the EcoPass for all full-time employees, with an option to include part-time employees. EcoPass is also tax deductible to employers and tax free to employees (up to $120/mo or $1,440 annually).

Neighborhood EcoPass

The neighborhood Eco Pass program can be started by:

  • any contiguous group of residences (houses, condominiums, apartments, etc.)
  • there is no minimum or maximum size for a neighborhood, and
  • all full-time members of a household are eligible to receive the EcoPass.

EcoPass Benefits

EcoPass holders are entitled to unlimited rides on RTD transit services, including:

  • Any local, express or regional bus.
  • Boulder's Community Transit Network:  HOP, SKIP, JUMP, BOUND, DASH, STAMPEDE and BOLT.
  • SkyRide bus service to DIA ($2.50 fare each direction to/from DIA w/Eco Pass).
  • "N" bus to Eldora Mountain Ski Resort.
  • Light Rail.
  • call-n-Ride

Using Your EcoPass

Using your EcoPass is easy:

  • show your ID card with your EcoPass to the bus driver or light rail inspector,
  • take a seat,
  • relax and enjoy the ride.

All business EcoPass cardholders are also eligible to use the Guaranteed Ride Home program from Way To Go (Formerly Ride Arrangers) free of charge. This peace-of-mind program gives cardholders a free taxi ride home in the event of an emergency, illness or unexpected schedule change that requires you to work late. Employees may use the Guaranteed Ride Home program on any day they ride the bus, bike, walk or carpool to work.

Guaranteed Ride Home Information

For more information on Eco Pass please view the EcoPass frequently asked questions.

Boulder County EcoPass Rebate Program

Boulder County is currently offering a multi-year EcoPass discount (60% off of the first year's purchase price, 30% off of the second year's contract price) to all businesses and neighborhoods signing up for their initial EcoPass contract. More information about this offering can be found on the tab.

Communitywide EcoPass Feasibility Study

In summer of 2013 the city and county, working closely with RTD, embarked on a Communitywide EcoPass Feasibility Study to evaluate the costs and benefits of large-scale expansion of EcoPass programs. Six implementation scenarios were developed covering various geographic groups. For each scenario, the study estimated:

  • Increased transit ridership
  • Total program costs
  • Community benefits
  • Potential funding sources
  • Implementation challenges
  • One of the most interesting findings is that a majority of the money needed to fund a communitywide EcoPass is already being paid to RTD in the form of farebox revenue. The study suggests that existing payments make up between 85 and 94 percent of the total costs of the program.

    Read the full study


    Contact

    Boulder County Transportation
    Jared Hall
    303-441-4958
    jhall@bouldercounty.org

 Pricing

The EcoPass is an annual transit pass purchased for business employees or neighborhood residents. With this photo ID card, you receive unlimited rides on regular RTD transit services.

Determining the Pricing Zone for Your Business

All areas of Boulder County not covered in these maps are in pricing zone A.  This includes the cities of:

  • Longmont
  • Lyons
  • Nederland
  • Erie
  • Eldora

*This pricing chart is current as of 01/01/2013.

EcoPass for Businesses

The EcoPass is available to all full-time employees with an option to include part-time employees.

Pricing for businesses is determined by two factors:

  • Location of the business
  • Total number of full-time employees or total number of full and part-time employees on your payroll
RTD 2013 Business EcoPass Pricing
Per Employee/Per Year

SLA(business
location)

Employees

Contract
Minimum
Per Year

1-24
Emp.

24-249 
Emp.

250-999 Emp.

 1,000-1,999
Emp.

2,000+
Emp. 

A
Outer
Suburban

1-10
11-20
21+

$972
$1,944
$2,915

$83

$72

$63

$54

$51

B
Transit
Centers

1-10
11-20
21+

$1,782
$3,563
$5,344

$177

$160

$146

$135

$128

Business Contract Minimums

If the per person rate for your Service Level Area (SLA) multiplied by your headcount is less than the contract minimum - the contract minimum rate will apply.

A contract minimum applies to each new or existing contract. For example:

Example A

If your company in zone A has 20 employees, the total amount would be:

  • 20 employees x $83 = $1,660.  Since this number is below the $1,944 contract minimum, the contract amount would be $1,944

Example B

If your company in zone A has 250 employees, the total amount would be:

  • 250 employees x $63 = $15,750.  Since this amount is above the contract minimum of $2,915 you pay $15,750

A and B

In both cases, you would be eligible for a 60% discount through Boulder County, making the contract equal:

  • 20 employees x $83 = $1,944 x 60% discount = $777.60
  • 250 employees x $63 = $15,750 x 60% discount = $6,300

Neighborhood EcoPasses (NECO)

The Neighborhood EcoPass program works on a per household basis.  There is no minimum or maximum number of households required to start an EcoPass program. A household can include any type of residence such as a home, apartment, condominium, etc.

Neighborhood Pricing

Pricing for the Neighborhood EcoPass program is determined by a direct mail RTD survey that looks at your neighborhood's current level of RTD ridership. Based upon the survey results, a per household rate is determined ranging from $80-$250 per household. The per household rate is then multiplied by the total number of households in your neighborhood to determine a final contract price. Smaller neighborhoods are subject to a contract minimum of $7,497.

The RTD contract price is based upon the total number of households that are within the geographic boundaries of your neighborhood, whether the household will use the pass or not.

The per household pricing of the Eco Pass, as determined by the RTD survey, will determine how many households can be included in a neighborhood before reaching the contract minimum amount.

Examples:

Example A

  • Your per household price per the RTD survey is $80 per household.
  • $7,497 contract minimum/$80 = 94 households

Example B

  • Your per household price per the RTD survey is $150 per household
  • $7,497 contract minimum/$150 = 50 households

In these scenarios, you could have either 106 or 57 households in your neighborhood before the contract price increases above the contract minimum of $7,497.

We recommend starting with 30-70 households in your first year of the EcoPass program, and expanding the neighborhood over subsequent years.

Remember that all new Neighborhood EcoPass contracts in their first year are eligible for a 60% subsidy through Boulder County and a 30% subsidy in the second year of the program.


Contact

Boulder County Transportation
Jared Hall
303-441-4958
jhall@bouldercounty.org

 Sign-Up Procedures

Business Sign-Up Procedure

Example of a Smart Card
  1. Get application, including contract and pricing information from:
  2. Choose payment options:
    • paid entirely by employers
    • entirely by employees
    • or any combination of the two.
    Prepare one check for the total contract amount to RTD.
  3. Submit by mail:
    • payment
    • signed EcoPass contract
    • employee roster
    to Theresa Rinker at theresa.rinker@rtd-denver.com.
  4. EcoPass photos will be arranged upon purchase of EcoPasses.
  5. Request Boulder County rebate check:
  6. Remind coworkers to use their EcoPass. Make sure they're also aware of the EcoPass Extra benefits.

Neighborhood Sign-Up Procedure

  1. Request map and survey information from:

    Note:  Minimum contract amount is $7,497, have your map include enough homes (or units) to meet this minimum.  Reminder, Boulder County will pay 60% of your first year contract.

  2. Cost is based on the boundaries of your neighborhood map and your contract amount.  Contract amount is based on the number of homes on your map and the amount of transit service provided to your group.

  3. Pricing survey will be conducted by RTD and will determine a per household rate for EcoPass depending upon your current level of usage.  The survey takes about 1-month to conduct and the results will determine the pricing for your neighborhood.

  4. Block Leaders are 3 to 5 people who are willing to help the neighborhood coordinator collect funds from neighbors on their block and as well help explain the NECO Pass program.

  5. Ask block leaders to obtain pledges from each household.  View sample pledge matrix. Residents with an annual regional pass may be willing to donate more.  Inform residents $80 to $200 per household (plus a 60% discount for first time boulder county neighborhoods) is unbeatable, especially for those who are paying up to $2,000 for one annual pass or $79 each month for a local bus pass ($30/month for students).

  6. Analyze the pledges to determine how to collect the money.

  7. Once money has been collected, create an Excel spreadsheet documenting the neighborhood name, participants name, check number and amount they contributed.  Email spreadsheet to RTD, Theresa Rinker, theresa.rinker@rtd-denver.com.

  8. RTD will notify the neighborhood on when and where EcoPass photos will be taken.  If RTD will not be taking the photos there are other options, view NECO Pass Photo Options.

  9. Promote the use of the neighborhood EcoPass.  Throughout the year remind neighbors to use their EcoPass. 


Contact

Boulder County Transportation
Jared Hall
303-441-4958
jhall@bouldercounty.org
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