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RTD introduces MyRide reloadable fare cards

DENVER — No more digging for exact change at the bus stop. After years of testing, RTD has introduced the MyRide smart card.

RTD describes it as a convenient, flexible and easy way to pay bus and train fares. Just tap the card at a validator at the front of buses and near train station kiosks.

RTD will automatically deduct the fare from the card.

Paperless transfers are included with a three-hour transfer window after the first trip.

Just tap the card again when boarding the bus in the transfer. Passengers can load the card with up to $200 and reload it when the balance starts to run out.

MyRide cards are available online and at RTD sales outlets, including select King Soopers and Safeway stores.

Cards bought at a sales outlet must be registered online. If the card is lost or stolen, RTD will replace it and transfer the balance to the new card.

MyRide is valid on all regular bus, Call-n-Ride, SkyRide and rail services. It is not valid on Access-a-Ride and RTD special services routes, including BroncosRide, RockiesRide, RunRide and SeniorRide.

Another form of fare payment is required to ride those services. Monthly and day passes are not available with the MyRide program.

The cost of MyRide is also discounted 25 cents for full fare and 15 cents for discount fares. Discount cardholders still have to show proper ID.