RTD College Pass program
Smart Cards are here!
Using the Bus Pass this summer:
Many of you have been asking, "How can I ride the bus over the summer if I'm not enrolled in classes?"
RTD is diligently working on upgrading their Smart Card system to allow student cards to be temporarily suspended on May 31 and then be remotely reactivated on August 5, 2103. This should provide ample time for students (who aren't enrolled in summer courses) to use their bus pass to ride to and from the airport free of charge after the Spring Semester and before the Fall Semester. If you aren't enrolled in summer courses, but would like to purchase an optional bus pass for the summer you can do so for $85 at the Buff OneCard office in C4C. Check back for the most recent status. (edited 5/7/13)
The smart card is a separate ID which has an embedded RFID chip and has your name and photo printed on the card. Frequently asked questions are addressed here.
RTD is an important partner of the sustainable tranportation program with the College Pass program. In 1991, students voted in favor of adding a student fee to the general fees paid along with tuition. Each semester, every student is issued a bus pass that can be used in conjunction with the Buff OneCard. With this pass, ride any regularly scheduled RTD route fare-free. CU fee-paying students can pick up their bus pass card at the Campus Card Office in room N180 in the Center for Community building.
Special Transit is an important partner of the Sustainable Transportation Program because of the Student Bus Pass and Late Night Transit. The popular HOP bus route is operated by Special Transit and, like other RTD routes, is fare-free when students present their Bus Pass. Late Night Transit is a late night/early morning bus service operated by Special Transit.
In the spring of 2009, students voted 8:1 in favor of increasing their fee to maintain their bus pass & bicycle programs.