Neighborhood EcoPass

Neighborhood EcoPass

I live within the City of Boulder (click here).

OR I live somewhere else in Boulder County (see below).

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

A few things to keep in mind:

  • 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.

Neighborhood EcoPass Sign-Up Procedure

  1. Request map and survey information from:
    1. Boulder County – Alex Hyde-Wright (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.

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.

Neighborhood Pricing

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. Smaller neighborhoods are subject to a contract minimum of $8,494. 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.

Community EcoPass

Those utilizing the Community EcoPass program are encouraged to visit the web page for more details. This includes Nederland and Lyons Community EcoPass users.

Business EcoPass

You can also get an EcoPass through your employer if they are a participating business. Find more information on the Business EcoPass web page.

Questions or Concerns? Contact us.

If you are currently utilizing the Neighborhood EcoPass inside Boulder County but outside the City of Boulder, please contact Alex Hyde-Wright with any questions or concerns via email at ahyde-wright@bouldercounty.org or (303) 441-4910.