Fare Evasion

Be Fair and Pay Your Fare.RTD counts on revenue from passengers to provide and improve transit services. That’s why it’s important for all passengers to pay the full fare when riding buses and light rail.

Pay Your Fare

Fare evasion is not paying your fare for using RTD services.

It is against the law not to pay the full fare (C.R.S. § 42-4-1416(2) Failure to Present a Valid Transit Pass or Coupon ). Failure to present a valid transit pass, ticket, transfer, or coupon could result in a large fine including court costs. Fare evasion is punishable under the Colorado traffic code and failure to pay may result in the loss of a person's driving privileges. Multiple fare citations will result in suspension from RTD services for a pre-determined amount of time.

The increased number of evasion tickets issued could be the result of an enhancement to RTD's fare inspection program that allows city police officers, RTD fare inspectors, and security officers to conduct fare inspections and fare enforcement on train and bus routes.

Fare inspections can take place at any time and can be conducted at stations or stops prior to boarding. All passengers must be able to produce proof of valid fare payment before boarding a bus or while riding on an RTD train.

Official RTD passes are sold through RTD's Mobile Ticketing App and certain third-party apps, RTD's online store, and RTD sales outlets, including King Soopers and Safeway stores. It is a felony to make, use, or intend to use a forged public transportation pass. It is also illegal to evade fares on public transportation.

To stay on the right side of the law, please make sure your RTD pass is legitimate by purchasing it at an authorized outlet.

Discount Fare Eligibility

Proof of Eligibility

If you are riding with a discounted pass or ticket, you must be able to present proof of eligibility every time you ride.

  • Seniors, Age 65+: Photo ID showing passenger's age, Medicare card, or RTD-issued Special Discount Card
  • Youth (ages 6-19): current middle or high school ID, or government-issued photo ID showing the passenger’s age
  • Individuals with Disabilities: RTD-issued Special Discount Card or Medicare card

Learn More About Discount Fares

What is a 3-Hour Pass?

A 3-Hour Pass allows passengers to complete a trip using combinations of RTD bus routes and train lines within 3 hours from the scheduled trip start time.

Transfers are included with a 3-Hour Pass, with the exception of special services such as BroncosRide, Access-a-Ride, SeniorRide or Saturday Shopper.

Learn More About Transfers

3-Hour Pass Disputes

Passengers who dispute a bus operator or fare inspector’s decision about the value or expiration of the 3-Hour Pass should pay the fare and retain the 3-Hour Pass as evidence. Inquiries should be directed to Deputy Chief Martingano at 303-299-2442.

Fine Payment and Court Information

RTD’s Transit Police Division issues fare evasion tickets, but does not collect the fines. Fine collection and court related activities are handled by the court of the county your fine was issued in. If you have questions about payment or your citation, contact the court directly:

Information by County

Adams County

Contact Information

1100 Judicial Center Dr.
Brighton, CO 80601

Arapahoe County

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7325 S Potomac St. #100
Centennial, CO 80112

Boulder County

Boulder Contact Information

1777 Sixth St.
Boulder, CO 80302

Longmont Contact Information

1035 Kimbark St.
Longmont, CO 80501

Broomfield County

Contact Information

17 Descombes Dr.
Broomfield, CO 80020

Denver County

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520 W Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80204

Douglas County

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4000 Justice Way
Castle Rock, CO 80109

Jefferson County

Contact Information

100 Jefferson County Pkwy
Golden, CO 80401