The smart card is a separate ID which has an embedded RFID chip and has your name and photo printed on the card. See the list below to help answer your questions:
Yes, your College Pass will get you to the airport and back without paying the fare box a single penny. This trip is normally $13 each way from Boulder. RTD runs two buses instead of one and has a support vehicle and extra personal to help get you loaded on the bus quickly and off to the airport during peak student travel times. For schedules and more skyride information click here.
Our inbox and voicemail has been pretty quiet lately, so it seems that most of the issues with the cards and readers has started to diminsh. If you are having problems, please let me know. (edited 10/17/13)
RTD has acknowled that many of the card readers are sending failure codes to the drivers for active and current cards. The root of the problem is that approximately 25,000 cards are stuck in a queue to be renewed in the RTD system (as of 9/5/13). To move forward in the queue you just need to tap your card on the reader each time you ride. The more often you ride the faster your card will be renewed. They are working through the problem and have informed us that it will be resolved in 2 weeks from now.
RTD sent out the memo below (and another more recent memo) to their drivers, which instructs them to allow students to ride the bus. The only exception is if we have actually deactivated your card. We do this to your old card when you have gotten a replacement card or if you have graduated. If you aren't sure of your card status please send an e-mail to email@example.com with your name and the 8 digit code that starts with 00 below your photo on the bus pass. I will check your card in the RTD portal to confirm if it is active or not. If a driver denies you access to ride or charges you please let us know the route, direction of travel, stop, and time/date of this problem. We will forward your info for RTD, so they can directly contact the driver. (edited 9/24/13)
Feel free to print this bulletin and present it to your bus driver if they don't allow you to board free of charge.
New students who will be living off campus can pick up their bus pass at the Buff OneCard office in C4C starting on Wednesday, August 7. If you are living in a residence hall your card will be picked up from your hall's front desk during move-in. Continuing students will use the card that was issued in the spring semester.
If you are taking a semester off and are officially enrolled in the Stay Connected or Time Off program, you can purchase a bus pass. Currently the pass is $85 a semester and you can purchase it from the Buff OneCard office in C4C. If you have graduated or withdrawn from classes please contact RTD to purchase a bus pass.
The College Pass program is a mandatory fee that was passed by the student body in 1991 and again in 2009. However, if you already have a valid EcoPass, a valid military pass, live outside of the RTD service area, or have a disability that prevents you from using public transit you can get a refund to your bus program fee. For more information view the Student Bus & Bicycle Program Fee Waiver Policy here. If you meet the qualifications, fill out this request form and we will verify your eligibity and process your fee waiver.
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.
Use Google's Trip Planner for RTD here.
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.