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2019 Fare Changes
We’ve made changes to our fares and passes that will go into effect on January 1, 2019.
What's changing

General information about transfers

effective through December 31, 2018

  • A transfer will be issued for Local, Regional and Airport fare levels. Passengers must pay an upgrade if they use a higher level of service.
  • Transfers are issued from the on-bus printers and are marked with the expiration time and are clearly labeled with route and direction of travel of the bus they were issued on. Transfers are not valid on the same route in the opposite direction, unless the TB (turn back) box has been punched.
  • Local and Limited routes traveling in the same portion of a route are considered to be the same route for purposes of a transfer. For example, passengers may not ride a Local route in one direction and use a transfer to ride in the opposite direction on a Limited of the same route number.
  • A validated rail ticket may serve as a transfer when continuing a trip by bus. If passengers wish to use a ticket from a 10-Ride ticket book or a Free Ride Coupon on rail, the ticket or coupon must be validated at the ticket validator at the rail station.
  • Transfers are valid until the time printed on the transfer. Factors may extend the expiration time such as service delays, detours, and inclement weather.

Transfer to University of Colorado A Line and SkyRide

Passengers using a transfer from a Local/Limited or Regional service to the University of Colorado A Line or SkyRide bus service will be required to pay for a fare upgrade.

A Local ticket, Local transfer, Local Day Pass, or Local Monthly Pass will serve as a $2.60 credit toward your SkyRide or Airport fare.

Passengers will be able to upgrade to a one-way trip to or from the airport (Full $6.40/Discount $3.20) with cash on any bus; or with cash, credit or debit at ticket vending machines at rail stations, effective January 1, 2017.

Transfer disputes

Passengers who dispute a bus operator or fare inspector’s decision about the value or expiration of the transfer should pay the fare and retain the transfer as evidence. Inquiries should be directed to Customer Care at 303.299.6000.

General information about transfers with the 3-Hour Pass

effective January 1, 2019

Starting January 1, 2019, RTD will offer transfers using the new 3-Hour Pass.

  • The new 3-Hour Pass will replace the 3-hour one-way transfer.
  • A 3-Hour Pass will be issued for Local, Regional and Airport fare levels.
  • The 3-Hour Pass will allow riders to take unlimited trips at the same service level on bus or train within 3 hours from purchase or issue. Passengers must pay an upgrade if they use a higher level of service.
  • 3-hour passes issued from the on-bus printers are marked with the expiration time (3 hours from time of issue), and are valid until the time printed on the pass. Factors may extend the expiration time such as service delays, detours, and inclement weather.
  • 3-hour passes are not valid fare on Special Services such as BroncosRide, BuffRide or SeniorRide.
  • 3-hour passes are not valid fare on Access-a-Ride.
  • A validated rail ticket may serve as a transfer when continuing a trip by bus. If passengers wish to use a ticket from a 10-Ride Ticket Book or a Free Ride Coupon on rail, the ticket or coupon must be validated at the ticket validator at the rail station.

Transfer to University of Colorado A Line and SkyRide

Passengers using a 3-hour Pass from a Local/Limited or Regional service to the University of Colorado A Line or SkyRide bus service will be required to pay for a fare upgrade.

Passengers will be able to upgrade to a one-way trip to or from the airport (full-fare $7.50/discount $3.75/youth $2.30) with cash on any bus, or with cash, credit or debit at ticket vending machines at rail stations.

3-Hour Pass Disputes

Passengers will be able to upgrade to a one-way trip to or from the airport (full-fare $7.50/discount $3.75/youth $2.30) with cash on any bus, or with cash, credit or debit at ticket vending machines at rail stations. Inquiries should be directed to Customer Care at 303.299.6000.