Smart cards to replace bus passes

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- The Regional Transportation District is set to introduce its new smart card fare payment system for EcoPass holders first, and the cards are expected to replace all general bus passes and punch cards throughout the system late next year.

The Daily Camera reports that RTD will distribute passes with an implanted microchip that will allow riders with an EcoPass to swipe when boarding. The cards will be sent to employers and universities in October and will take effect in the new year.

The EcoPass program allows riders to use RTD's buses and trains on an unlimited basis for a year. Riders get a pass through their employer or, in the case of the University of Colorado, as part of their student fees.

RTD incorporates all or parts of Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson counties.

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