February 13, 2018
Andrew Barth, 303-441-1032
Lafayette businesses eligible for a sweetheart of a deal on transit passes
Qualifying employers could receive 70% reimbursement for providing transit passes to employees
Boulder County, Colo. - Boulder County is offering a 70 percent reimbursement for RTD EcoPasses or MyRide cards to businesses in Lafayette who participate in the Lafayette Green Business program. This 2018 pilot program was the winning idea from last year’s “No Fare Lafayette” transit promotion contest, submitted by Lafayette’s own Elise Rooney of Rockton Software.
Many Lafayette businesses are already demonstrating their commitment to environmental sustainability through the Lafayette Green Business program and Rooney’s idea rose to the top by supporting transit usage by employees in Lafayette while also encouraging new business participants in the Lafayette Green Business program.
“Many people don’t realize they are transit riders until they have a pass or pre-paid card in their back pocket,” said Scott McCarey, multimodal division manager for Boulder County Transportation. “Offering an EcoPass or a MyRide card to your employees is a great way to support the people your business relies on while simultaneously reducing the impact of driving alone to work.”
For Lafayette businesses with 10 or fewer employees, Boulder County will reimburse 70 percent of the amount that businesses load onto MyRide cards for their employees. Businesses with more than 10 employees can choose to offer MyRide Cards or EcoPasses to their employees.
To be eligible, businesses must be located in Lafayette and participate in the Lafayette Green Business program, either previously or newly enrolled in 2018. There is a maximum reimbursement of $70 per employee for the first year. In year two of the program, Boulder County will reimburse 35 percent of the total value that business purchase for their employees with a maximum of $35 per employee. Businesses with existing EcoPass contracts are not eligible.
Businesses are encouraged to sign up for the program now to get maximum value from the program as EcoPass contracts run on a calendar year basis and the pilot program funds are limited.
About the EcoPass
The EcoPass is an annual program that provides unlimited annual trips on RTD services for every employee in the business. EcoPass offers a number of benefits to employees:
- Unlimited rides on bus and rail for up to one year, including the Flatiron Flyer
- No additional fare for trips to and from the airport on either SkyRide or the University of Colorado A Line
- Reduces commuting costs and hassles
- Allows use of pre-tax dollars
- Saves on cost of parking
- Automatic enrollment and peace of mind with Guaranteed Ride Home
About the MyRide Card
In summer of 2017 RTD introduced the My Ride card – a reloadable, stored value card that can be used on all RTD services. Users simply tap their card on the Smart Card reader on the bus or light rail platform, and the correct fare is automatically deducted from the card balance. The MyRide card offers a $0.25 discount off the full cash fare. For more information, visit: www.rtd-denver.com/myride.shtml
About Partners for a Clean Environment (PACE)
Partners for a Clean Environment (PACE) provides expert advising services, financial incentives and certification for businesses’ energy efficiency, waste reduction, water conservation and quality, and alternative transportation efforts. PACE Business Sustainability Advisors work one-on-one with businesses and provide expert, customized assistance to help them reach their sustainability goals and gain recognition for their accomplishments. PACE services are provided at no cost to businesses in Boulder County. For more information, visit: www.PACEpartners.com.
About the Lafayette Green Business Program
The Lafayette Green Business Program provides publicity for Lafayette business’s sustainability practices, access to expert advising, and financial incentives to help Lafayette businesses improve your bottom line and environmental sustainability. The program is now in its fifth year with over 90 business participants. The City of Lafayette, the Lafayette Energy Sustainable Advisory Committee (LESAC), Xcel Energy's Partners in Energy, Boulder County’s Partners for a Clean Environment (PACE) and the Lafayette Waste Reduction Advisory Committee (WRAC) have partnered to offer the recognition opportunity. For more information, visit: www.cityoflafayette.com/GreenBusiness.