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Changes to the Regional Transportation District’s fares and pass programs will begin on Jan. 2, including the implementation of a youth fare that increases the discount offered to riders between 6 and 19 years old to 70 percent.

The new, age-based youth discount – no longer requiring enrollment in elementary, middle or high school – is one of several key changes that will take effect in the new year, according to a release from RTD. Another new product is the three-hour pass, enabling riders to travel for up to three hours in any direction within the fare category for which they have paid (e.g., Local, Regional), replacing the current one-way transfer or ticket.

New RTD fares take effect at 3 a.m. on Jan. 2, at the start of the service day.

Over the New Year’s holiday, RTD will offer its riders 32 hours of free service starting at 7 p.m. on Dec. 31, through 2:59 a.m. Jan. 2.

RTD’s new full-price fares are: $3 for Local, $5.25 for Regional and $10.50 for a trip to or from Denver International Airport (which also can be used as a Regional day pass).

Riders who qualify for half-price discount fares include seniors (65 and older), individuals with disabilities and Medicare recipients. Proof of eligibility is required. Those fares are: $1.50 for Local, $2.60 for Regional and $5.25 for a trip to or from Denver International Airport (which also can be used as a Regional day pass).

Discounted fares for youth – those between 6 and 19 years old – will increase to 70 percent, from the current 50 percent. Proof of eligibility is required. The new youth fares are: 90 cents for Local, $1.60 for Regional and $3.20 for a trip to or from Denver International Airport (which also can be used as a Regional day pass).

A new low-income program to begin in summer 2019 will provide a 40 percent discount to qualifying riders whose household incomes are at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level. Interested customers will have to qualify and enroll in the program to receive the low-income fare. RTD will communicate details about how to apply as soon as they have been determined.

EcoPass, Neighborhood EcoPass and CollegePass will continue to be offered and will be priced based upon trips taken. 10-Ride ticket books and MyRide smart cards have been retained with discounts. Day and monthly passes and FlexPass have been retained. ValuPass has been discontinued, with the purchase of 12 monthly passes remaining an option for those who are interested.

All of the changes being made reflect feedback RTD received from thousands of people during the most recent fare review process, scheduled to take place every three years. Also taken into consideration was a consensus recommendation resulting from a yearlong pass program study that concluded in February.

RTD’s 15-member board authorized a comprehensive review of the transit agency’s fares and passes in 2015, in response to public requests during the prior fare review.

More information is available by calling RTD Customer Care at 303-299-6000 or visiting rtd-denver.com/fares-2019.shtml.