Riding Transit Gets Smarter

The Regional Transportation District (RTD) is currently piloting Smart Cards, starting in Boulder, and eventually expanding the pilot to the rest of the metro.  In 2012, RTD plans to launch the full Smart Card program with the Eco Pass, Neighborhood Eco Pass, and College Pass programs.  RTD will then expand the program to include monthly bus passes and stored value cards, which will work similar to a pre-loaded debit card just for RTD.  Installation of smart card readers and distribution of smart cards is expected to begin later this year.

Smart Card technology, which is used by transit agencies in many U.S. cities already (Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York City, Seattle, Washington DC), will make fare collection more convenient and streamlined for RTD passengers, and will make the distribution of fare products like monthly passes easier for commuters.  Riders will tap a smart card reader when boarding a bus or at a light rail platform reader prior to boarding a train to pay their fare, significantly expediting the boarding process.

The smart card project will also enable RTD to gather ridership data on three annual pass programs: Eco Pass, Neighborhood Pass and College Pass. The Smart Card system will capture data on the trip taken, which will be accumulated by employer/school/neighborhood and include information on the type of service utilized.  This information will help RTD adjust the price for these pass programs to align more with use.

RTD will initially pilot the following routes in the Boulder area; watch for the installation for validators on these routes:

  • SKIP (Boulder via Broadway)
  • DASH (Boulder/Louisville/Lafayette via South Boulder Road)
  • BX (Boulder/Denver Express via U.S. 36)
  • AB (SkyRide to DIA)
  • 209 (Boulder Campus Loop)
  • BOLT (Boulder/Longmont via Diagonal Highway)

For more information, please contact Chris Cruz, RTD Smart Media Customer Service Call Center Supervisor, at RTD-SmartMedia@celinainc.com or call 303-299-CARD (2273).

U.S. 36 Repaving Project

The U.S. 36 Overlay Project started June 13 between the Wadsworth interchange and 88th Street.  Lane closures on portions of U.S. 36 will occur between 9:00 PM and 5:00 AM, and lanes will re-open to traffic in the morning.  Construction will include erosion control installation, traffic control installation, milling of the existing pavement, and overlay of the milled surface.

May 2011 – Bike-Centric Meeting

Thank you Workplace Ambassadors for participating in our May 25, bike-centric meeting!  Here are the meeting minutes, the WhiteWave Foods Values in Action presentation, the Boulder B-Cycle presentation, and the presentation on how to Beef Up Your Stats for Bike to Work Day!Bike to Work Day is June 22!  Promote participation within your workplace with these great ideas (recommended by members):

  • Provide towels to participants who bike in!
  • Allow employees to dress down on Bike to Work Day (encourage employees to wear the Bike to Work Day T-shirt!).
  • Issue punch cards to employees with a challenge to eliminate all the punches during the month of June (Colorado Bike Month).  For instance, bike 6 times to work in June and win small prizes, or a chance to win a big prize. There can be double punch days, or new bike commuters can start with a free punch.
  • In June before Bike to Work Day, invite a local bike shop to do free or low-cost bike tune-ups at your workplace.  Combine this with a table focused on route-planning to fully equip all participants for the big day!
  • Offer wellness incentive points for participation in Bike to Work Day.

Awesome Ambassador Award

At the May 25 meeting, Commuting Solutions unveiled a new way to support sustainable commuting:  the Awesome Ambassador Award!  At each meeting an Awesome Ambassador is recognized for demonstrated commitment to promoting sustainable commute options in the workplace.  Awesome Ambassadors are models for the group, and other Workplace Ambassadors can apply the lessons they have learned and successes they have achieved to their own workplace.  To learn more, or to apply for a $100 mini-grant for your workplace, contact Catherine at catherine@commutingsolutions.org!