The Eco Pass Program is extremely important to Boulder county, the City of Boulder, and other local agencies.
Beginning in March 2017 and running for approximately one year, RTD is convening a Pass Program Working Group to develop recommendations on changes to all of their transit pass programs. According to a Jan. 17, 2017 staff presentation to the RTD Board, the objectives of the group are to:
- Revisit and refine goals for each pass program
- Refine pricing and administration of each pass program
- Recommend pass program policy revisions
- Recommend criteria for RTD to use in evaluating future proposals for new pass programs
The presentation also outlined the following Guiding Principles for the group:
- Brand loyalty
- Equitable access
- Increased ridership
- Meet strategic budget plan targets
- Revenue certainty
- Simplifying rider-operator interactions
The working group is comprised of 26 members from diverse backgrounds all across the district. View the member list.
The purpose of this website is to provide the public with clear and transparent information on the activities of the working group. All information provided to the working group will be posted here as it becomes available.
- Dec. 19, 2017, 1 to 4 p.m., Aurora Strong Resilience Center Community Room – 1298 Peoria St., Aurora, CO 80011
- Jan. 16, 2018, 1 to 4 p.m., Location TBD
- Feb.6, 2018, 1 to 4 p.m., Location TBD
- Feb. 27, 2018, 1 to 4 p.m., Location TBD
- Nov. 14, 2017
- An updated version of the Youth Pass Option with additional details was presented to the group.
- The majority of the meeting was spent with the consultant presenting preliminary results of the modeling. The consultant provided the direction (increase or decrease) of ridership and revenue for all components of each of the three options
- Oct. 24, 2017
- Sept. 19, 2017
- The group refined the three options that would be moved forward for testing by the consultant. Options B, C, and E are currently being analyzed for ridership and revenue impacts
- Need a simple one-page summary of the work and options that have been discussed to-date? This document provides the highlights to the process.
- Meeting Summary
- August 29, 2017
- The Working Group reviewed five different pass program options. Options A-D for the Working Group to Review was developed by the Four Nines Consulting team
- Option E for the Working Group was developed by Boulder County
- In addition to the above options, the consultant provided a five-page white paper on Fare Capping, which is a technique that some transit agencies have explored to allow low-income individuals to access monthly passes. Once an individual using single-trip fares has reached the equivalent of the monthly pass fare, the remaining trips are free.
- Mile High Connects gave a presentation on their proposed low-income program.
- The consultant provided two peer case studies of other transit agencies with fare pass options
- July 25, 2017
- Consultant presentation on question to help guide meeting discussion
- Consultant worksheet on initial feedback on the concept ideas developed from June 20 meeting
- June 20, 2017
- June 6, 2017
- RTD presentation on the current status of all RTD Pass Programs
- Eco Pass Usage Data for 2014 – 2016 for the College, Neighborhood (NECO), and Business Eco Pass products
- Boulder County presentation on the history of Eco Pass programs in the county, including findings of the Communitywide Eco Pass Study
- Summary minutes
- March 13, 2017
RTD Board Presentations
- February 2016 – RTD Board provided information on the purpose and need for the working group
There are four members of the Pass Working Group who will be representing the interests of Boulder County residents, employees, and students. In order to provide consistent information to all four members, please use the online comment form and your comments/questions will be shared with each member.