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Mobility Options (M4A)

One mode of transportation does not meet all needs. By integrating various modes, transportation becomes flexible and provides diverse options for diverse needs. Choosing affordable transportation options can save you between $4,300 and $8,300 per year!

Affordable Living

Affordable living (defined as spending no more than 15% of a households’ income on transportation and no more than 30% on housing) has increasingly become a challenge for many county residents. With every $1 saved on housing by moving further away, you end up spending $0.77 of that dollar on transportation.

Ask Your Employer

Reliable and affordable transportation is essential for stable employment. Here are a few tips that may help you secure affordable transportation to and from your workplace:

  • Ask them about the RTD Eco-Pass program or if they offer RTD passes
  • See if there is a van- or carpool option
  • If work is 1 or 2 miles from a bus route, you might be able to combine busing and biking

Find the Mobility Option That's Right for You

Mobility Options by Type

B-Cycle (Bikesharing)

Bike sharing is a transportation system that allows a large number of people to share a small number of bikes. This is accomplished through short station-to-station bike trips.

Once you purchase a pass, you can take as many short trips as you want for the duration of that pass at no additional cost. Trip limits are 30 or 60 minutes in Boulder, depending on the pass type.

  • Where: Boulder
  • Cost: $2.50-$10 ; ebikes start at $5
  • Discounts: CU student discount (sign up with identikey)
  • Registration: Required for discount
  • Website: boulder.bcycle.com/how-to-b-cycle

Car sharing is a type of short-term car rental where you only pay for what you use, resulting in access to vehicles without the high cost of car ownership. This includes cars (electric, hybrid, and fuel efficient), AWD vehicles, and trucks in convenient locations that are accessible 24/7 to members.

  • Where: Boulder, Longmont, Louisville
  • Cost: Hourly + mileage fee (insurance included)
  • Discounts: BCHA tenant discount
  • Registration: Required. BCHA tenant promo code required for discount.
  • Website: carshare.org/sign-up/
  • Phone: 303-720-1185

Volunteer drivers provide transportation services to Broomfield and Boulder Veterans (60+) for local medical trips (doctor, dentist, P.T., pharmacy, etc.) as well as trips to VA appointments in Denver, Aurora, Golden, Ft. Collins, Greeley, and Cheyenne. Service is not wheelchair accessible.

This program reimburses registered Via riders for the mileage expenses of family members, friends, or neighbors who provide a ride when Via cannot. It is designed to increase your transportation options and is not intended to subsidize rides you already depend on others to provide.

GoGoGrandparent is a way to access ridehailing like Lyft and Uber without access to a smartphone. All you have to do is call the number below and someone will be able to help you with ordering your ride.

  • Where: Anywhere there are Uber and Lyft drivers
  • Cost: 2-3x Lyft/Uber prices
  • Accessibility: Options to accommodate for disabilities
  • Website: gogograndparent.com/
  • Phone: (855) 464-6872

The Hessie Shuttle is a free seasonal transportation option that takes you to the Hessie Trailhead. The Hessie Trailhead is operated by the US Forest Services (USFS) and is a popular access point to USFS lands, including Indian Peaks Wilderness, Devils Thumb, Lost Lake, King Lake, Woodland Lake, and Diamond Lake trails.

IntelliRide manages non-emergency medical and non-medical transportation for Health First Colorado members in the state of Colorado.

  • Where: to Medicaid appointments
  • Cost: free for Medicaid clients
  • Accessibility: wheelchair accessible
  • Registration: Required
  • Website: gointelliride.com/colorado/
  • Phone: 303-398-2155

Fixed route bus service

Access-a-Ride is RTD’s ADA complementary paratransit service. It is a shared-ride service intended for those who cannot use regular fixed-route bus/light rail service due to a disability.

AccessaRide is available during the same days and hours as our Local bus service. We offer curbside and door-to-door service, as well as subscriptions for passengers who make regular trips to the same destination.

You can schedule a trip within Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson counties in Colorado, as long as your starting point and destination are within 3/4 mile of RTD’s Local fixed-route transit system.

  • Where: Within ¾ miles of RTD fixed route
  • Cost: $5-$20
  • Accessibility: Paratransit service, wheelchair accessible, ADA certified only
  • Registration: Required
  • Website: rtd-Denver.com/services/access-a-ride
  • Phone: 303-299-6000

Ridehailing is similar to a taxi, except the customer orders a ride online usually via a smartphone application. Lyft and Uber are best known for these services.

  • Where: Anywhere drivers are available
  • Cost: starting at $6
  • Accessibility: Some drivers may have space for a wheelchair in their trunk
  • Registration: Smartphone app download required
  • Website: uber.com/ , lyft.com/

Via is a full-spectrum mobility manager offering paratransit and mobility options information and referral services. Via also provides a wide range of community and group educational resources related to transportation for older adults, people with disabilities and others living with mobility limitations.

  • Where: Boulder-Denver metro area
  • Cost: Free
  • Accessibility: paratransit service, wheelchair accessible
  • Registration: Required
  • Website: viacolorado.org
  • Phone: 303-443-3043

Want to Carpool but don’t know anyone with the same commute? Don’t worry, Way to Go can help find local matches for residents throughout metro Denver.

If you need help transporting your kids to and from school, Way to Go can help you get started with Schoolpool for FREE. Its system will connect you with families in your neighborhood to share in the responsibilities of getting the kids to school and back via carpooling, walking, biking or riding either RTD or the school bus together.

If you travel more than 15 miles one way to your job, they will help you connect with other commuters and employees in your area, and then provide the vehicle, insurance, fuel and maintenance to commute by van to work and home together.

Ride Free Lafayette is an on demand service, operates Monday – Sunday and Holidays, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is free of charge. They will need to either call to schedule each trip or download the app to schedule trips. There is no way to set up reoccurring/standing trip request. The service area is mostly just in Lafayette, but the Louisville King Soopers on S. Boulder is also included in the service area. They can reserve a trip by App, Online, or Phone.

  • Where: Lafayette and Kestrel
  • Cost: Free
  • Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible
  • Website: ridefreelafayette.com
  • Phone: 833-456-3359

FlexRide provides extended bus service in specific Denver metro areas, delivering first- and last-mile connections to other RTD Park-n-Rides and stations, medical centers, and business parks. Similar to a ride share, FlexRide is available to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Where: Longmont and Louisville
  • Cost: Free?
  • Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible
  • Discounts: discounts for low-income households, older adults, children and people with disabilities
  • Website: rtd-denver.com/services/flexride
  • Phone: 303-299-6000

Mobility Options by City

Transportation Options in Boulder

By bicycle

By bus

By private vehicle

By carpool

Paratransit & wheelchair accessible

Transportation Options in Lafayette

By bicycle

By bus

By private vehicle

By carpool

Paratransit & wheelchair accessible

Transportation Options in Longmont

By bicycle

By bus

By private vehicle

By carpool

Paratransit & wheelchair accessible

Transportation Options in Louisville

By bicycle

By bus

By private vehicle

By carpool

Paratransit & wheelchair accessible

Transportation Options in Lyons

By bus

By private vehicle

By carpool

Paratransit & wheelchair accessible

Transportation Options in Nederland

By bus

By private vehicle

By carpool

Paratransit & wheelchair accessible

Transportation Options in Niwot

By bus

By private vehicle

By carpool

Paratransit & wheelchair accessible

Other Resources

Contact Us

Angel L. Bond
Mobility for All Program Manager
720-564-2218
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