RTD needs to raise their fares starting January 2019 to remain fiscally sound. In 2017/18, they convened a Pass Program Working Group (more info below) of transit professionals that looked at various programs that would off-set some of the increased costs. The new programs are:
- A low-income pass program that would provide a 40% discount to low-income individuals
- A Youth Pass Program that would provide a 70% discount for students 19 and under
- Continue the EcoPass, Neighborhood EcoPass, and CollegePass programs
In order for some of those to happen, RTD needs to hear your feedback in support of Option 3 (listed below). Without community feedback, the EcoPass Program may be eliminated.
Provide Feedback at a Local Meeting or Visit the RTD Website:
Transit Pass Public Meeting hosted by RTD
Monday, July 16, 2018
6 to 8 p.m.
West Boulder Senior Center
909 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO.
- Option 1 – No fare increase
- Revenue will not meet fare targets in current strategic budget plan
- Aspects of Pass Program Working Group full recommendation could be implemented
- Option 2 – Proposed fare increase per regularly scheduled fare review
- Local one-way fare increased from $2.60 to $2.90
- Regional one-way fare increased from $4.50 to $5
- Airport one-way fare increased from $9 to $10
- Aspects of Pass Program Wording Group full recommendation could be implemented
- Option 3 – Proposed fare increase with Pass Program Working Group Recommendations
- Local one-way fare increased from $2.60 to $3
- Regional one-way fare increased from $4.50 to $5.25
- Airport one-way fare increase from $9 to $10.50
- Implementation of Pass Program Working Group full recommendations
RTD Pass Program Working Group
From March 2017 to February 2018, RTD facilitated a Pass Program Working Group to develop recommendations on changes to all of their transit pass programs, including the EcoPass Program, which is an extremely important program to Boulder County, the City of Boulder, and other local agencies. The objectives of the group were 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 working group was comprised of 26 members from diverse backgrounds all across the district. View the member list.
Working Group Meetings
- Feb. 27, 2018
- Feb. 6, 2018
- Jan. 16, 2018
- Dec. 19, 2017
- 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