EcoPass

EcoPass 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 $255/mo or $3,060 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
  • 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 or regional bus
  • Boulder’s Community Transit Network: HOP, SKIP, JUMP, BOUND, DASH, STAMPEDE and BOLT
  • SkyRide bus service to DIA
  • “N” bus to Eldora Mountain Ski Resort
  • Light Rail & Commuter Rail
  • Call-n-Ride

Using Your EcoPass

Using your EcoPass is easy. Tap your card on the validator when boarding the bus or at the light rail platform prior to boarding the train.

  • 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.

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. Boulder County will continue to explore the viability of a community-wide EcoPass program.

Read the full study.

RTD Business EcoPass Pricing - Per Employee/Per Year

SLA (business location)Employees & Contract Minimum Per Year1-24 Employees25-249 Employees250-999 Employees1,000-1,999 Employees2,000+ Employees
A - Outer Suburban1 to 10 = $1,150 / 11 to 20 = $2,299 / 21+ = $3,448$98$85$72$64$60
B - Transit Centers1 to 10 = $2,108 / 11 to 20 = $4,215 / 21+ = $6,321$209$189$173$160$151

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:

  • If you company is Zone A and has 20 employees, the total amount would be:If your company in Zone A and has 250 employees, the total amount would be:
    • 20 employees x $98 = $1,960. Since this number is below the $2,299 contract minimum, the contract amount would be $2,299
  • If your company in zone A has 250 employees, the total amount would be:
    • 250 employees x $72 = $18,750. Since this amount is above the contract minimum of $3,448, you would pay $18,750

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

  • 20 employees = $919.60
  • 250 employees = $7,500

Neighborhood EcoPass (NECO Pass)

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

Neighborhood Pricing

Pricing for the NECO Pass program is determined by a direct mail RTD survey that looks at your neighborhood’s current RTD ridership. Based upon survey results, a per household rate is determined ranging from $100-$250 per household. The 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 $8,494.

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

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

Examples

  1. Your per household price per the RTD survey is $100
    1. $8,494 contract minimum/$100 = 85 households
  2. Your per household price per the RTD survey is $150
    1. $8,494 contract minimum/$150 = 56 households

In these scenarios, you could either have 85 or 56 households in your neighborhood before the contract prices increases above the contract minimum of $7,497.

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

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

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 the maps above are in pricing Zone A. This includes:

  • Longmont
  • Lyons
  • Nederland
  • Erie
  • Eldora

*The pricing chart is current as of Jan. 1, 2017.

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:

  1. Location of the business
  2. Total number of full-time employees or total number of full and part-time employees on the payroll.

Business Sign-Up Procedures

  1. Get an application, including contract and pricing information from
    1. Jared Hall – Email – 303-441-4958 for Boulder County
    2. Theresa Rinker – Email – 303-299-2122 for RTD
  2. Choose a payment option
    1. Paid entirely by employers
    2. Paid entirely by employees
    3. A combination of the two
      1. Prepare one check for total contract amount to RTD
  3. Submit by mail:
    1. Payment
    2. Signed EcoPass contract
    3. Employee Roster
      1. All to Theresa Rinker at RTD – email
  4. EcoPass photos will be arranged upon purchase of the passes
  5. Request Boulder County Rebate Check from Jared Hall – email – 303-4958
  6. Remind coworkers to use their EcoPass and make sure they’re aware of the EcoPass Extra benefits

Neighborhood EcoPass Sign-Up Procedure

  1. Request map and survey information from:
    1. Boulder County – Jared Hall (contact info above)
    2. RTD – Theresa Rinker (contact info above)
  2. Cost is based on the boundaries of your neighborhood map and your contract amount.
  3. Pricing survey will be conducted by RTD to determine per-household rate. The survey takes about one month to comnplete
  4. Block Leaders are 3 to 5 people who are willing to help the neighborhood coordinator collect funds from participants and help explain the program
  5. Ask Block Leaders to obtain pledges from each household. Sample pledge matrix.
  6. Analyze the pledges to determine who to collect money
  7. Once money is collected, create a spreadsheet documenting the neighborhood name, participant names, check number, and the amount they contributed. Email spreadsheet to Theresa Rinker at RTD.
  8. RTD will notify the neighborhood on when and where EcoPass photos will be taken.
  9. Promote the use of the EcoPass throughout the year.

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