During July and August, RTD will once again offer zero fares across its system as part of the Zero Fare for Better Air initiative. This collaborative, statewide initiative, made possible by Colorado Senate Bill 22-180, in partnership with the Colorado Energy Office, is designed to reduce ground-level ozone by increasing the use of public transit. Current RTD customers will also benefit as they will not have to use or purchase fare products from July 1 – August 31, during Colorado’s high ozone season.
What are the risks of ground-level ozone?
Ground-level ozone poses a health risk to all Coloradans:
• Ozone is one of the most common ambient air pollutants along the Front Range of Colorado
• Ground-level ozone forms when chemical reactions occur between nitrogen emitted from cars and other sources and volatile organic compounds in the presence of sunlight, making levels highest during the summer months.
• Colorado’s ozone season runs from June 1 to August 31
• Reducing ground traffic and encouraging the use of public transit can help lower ozone forming emissions and thereby reduce ground-level ozone during the ozone season
• Reducing ground-level ozone serves an important public interest by protecting the health and well being of all Coloradans, especially those who are vulnerable to the negative impacts of ozone exposure
Benefits for Customers
In addition to zero fares during July and August, there are lots of other great benefits to taking transit including:
- Saves Money
Taking the bus and train saves on car expenses including maintenance, parking, and tolls, which add up quickly. A household can save nearly $10,000 by taking public transportation and living with one less car.
- Saves Gas
With gas hovering around $4 per gallon and expected to go up, switching to public transit frees up additional funds in customers’ everyday budgets. In addition, public transportation saves the United States an estimated 6 billion gallons of gas each year!
- Reduces Traffic
Taking public transit removes vehicles from roadways, limiting traffic congestion, air pollution, and ground-level ozone.
- Reduces Stress
Taking public transit eliminates the stress and anxiety of battling everyday traffic. Leave the driving to RTD!
- Saves Time
While you’re taking public transit, catch up on reading, emails, podcasts, or just sit back and relax!
- Improves Air Quality
Approximately 80% of greenhouse gas emissions that come from transportation are due to day-to-day commutes. By leaving the car at home and hopping on a bus or train, a person can save up to 20 pounds of CO2 emissions every day!
Do RTD customers and pass holders need to pay a fare in July and August?
No. Current and new RTD customers will benefit as they will not have to use or purchase fare products from July 1–August 31, 2023, during Colorado’s high ozone season. RTD will reach out to all current EcoPass, Neighborhood EcoPass, and CollegePass coordinators by email with complete details if they are affected by potential credits for 2024.
Are all RTD services available at zero fare during this initiative?
Yes, all RTD services will be available at zero fare. Just hop on board the bus or train!
What about special services like Access-a-Ride or FlexRide?
Access-a-Ride and FlexRide customers will also benefit from a zero fare during Zero Fare for Better Air. Customers can book in advance as they normally do.
Sit Back, Relax, and Take RTD
To learn how to hop on board to participate in Zero Fare for Better Air, visit rtd-denver.com/zerofare.com. When out and about taking advantage of zero fares, snap a photo and post on social media using the hashtags #zerofare, #betterair, #rtd.
For more information visit rtd-denver.com/zerofare