All aboard! RTD is making August “fare for all”, whether you’re a regular passenger or occasional rider on public transit. Everyone knows by now that carpooling, biking or using public transit is an important strategy in keeping our planet healthy. And RTD is doing their part by making their important community service easier and cheaper for one month.
During the entire month of August, RTD is offering zero fares across its entire system for all passengers, as part of the Zero Fare of Better Air initiative. In partnership with the Colorado Energy Office, the program is designed to reduce ground-level ozone by increasing the use of public transit, especially during the state’s high ozone season.
For families, it’s the perfect opportunity to hop on a bus or light rail and explore the city without having to worry about gas or parking. It’s also a fun way to experience the city with out-of-town summer visitors.
The major benefits of using public transportation include the following:
Save Money — Taking the bus and train saves on car expenses, including maintenance, parking and tolls. A household can save nearly $10,000 by taking public transportation and living with one less car.
Improve Air Quality — Transportation is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions causing climate change. Using public transit creates 84% less carbon emissions than driving a car.
Reduce Stress — Taking public transit eliminates the stress and anxiety of battling everyday traffic. Leave the driving to RTD’s trained and reliable staff.
Save Time — While you’re taking public transit, catch up on reading, emails, podcasts or just sit back and relax.
Reduce Traffic — Taking public transit removes vehicles from roadways, limiting traffic congestion, air pollution, and ground-level ozone.
Save Gas — With gas hovering around $5 per gallon, switching to public transit frees up additional funds in your everyday budget. In addition, public transportation saves an estimated 6 billion gallons of gas each year.