New RTD price hikes go into effect

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DENVER — The Regional Transportation District’s new fare pricing structure went into effect Saturday.

It’s the first time there has been a rise in RTD’s prices since 2011.

To simplify things, the fare that was $2.25 last year now is $2.60. But the monthly pass has  increased 25 percent to $99.

Officials said RTD’s new fare system is designed to streamline the way passengers pay for trips across the public agency’s expanding transit system.

Here are the highlights of the new pricing structure:

  • Three categories of travel: Local, Regional, Airport (former Express routes have been reclassified)
  • A one-way Local trip will cost $2.60; a one-way Regional trip, $4.50; and a one-way trip to or from DIA, $9.
  • Local day passes for $5.20 and Regional/Airport day passes for $9.
  • A, B, C and Airport rail zones:
    • Travel in one or two zones requires a Local fare, travel across three requires a Regional fare.
    • Trips to or from DIA require an Airport fare.
  • Half-fare discounts apply only to elementary, middle and high school students ages 6-19, Medicare recipients, passengers with disabilities and people ages 65 and above.
    • For qualifying passengers, a one-way Local Discount trip costs $1.30; a one-way Regional trip, $2.25; and an Airport Discount trip, $4.50.
  • 10-Ride tickets books are available at retail outlets and provide a 10 percent discount on single rides.
  • Active military personnel ride RTD services at no cost.

More information about RTD’s new fares can be found on its website or by calling 303-299-6000.