Bus Information and Updates

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Bus Pass Information

FALL SEMESTER:  RTD College Pass bus passes are issued to incoming students upon move-in.  Cards are active for returning students beginning August 1.  Passes are active for students enrolled and paying student fees in fall semester until January 1.

SPRING SEMESTER:  Cards are active for students enrolled and paying student fees in Spring semester from January 1 - May 26.  Spring bus passes are scheduled to suspend on May 26 and reactivate for the Fall term on August 1, except for students enrolled in summer classes (see below). RTD says they will be able to suspend the 20,000+ bus pass cards for non-fee paying students over the summer.

SUMMER:  If you are enrolled in Summer classes and pay the standard fee package, your pass will remain active May 1 - August 26.  If you are not enrolled in Summer classes and will be a returning student in the fall, if you would like to retain your bus pass for summer use you can pay an $85 optional summer bus pass fee at the Buff OneCard office in C4C.

Student RTD Pass

Bus 1A few students are experiencing problems with their RTD Bus Pass due to updating expiration dates. Please visit the RTD website for more information. 

We strive to give our customers; the Students, Faculty, and Staff of CU, the option to easily be part of the solution instead of part of the problem. Active tranport (walking, biking, skating, skiing, etc..) and other sustainable modes of transportation (public transit and carpooling) are promoted because of their significant positive impacts on the environment, mental and physical health, economy, social equity, and heck it's way more fun. By use of these modes of transportation we can become a more sustainable campus without making major sacrifices. To the right are various modes of transportation that we support; try to find out which mode is best suitable for your lifestyle and needs.

Your student bus pass also gets you discounts around town. Check out the Ecopass website for a list of shops and restarants around town that give discounts when you show your bus pass.

CU Bus Tracker 

Real time bus tracking for the Buff Bus, HOP, and Late Night Transit 

Mobile Devices (iOS and Android)

CU Bus Tracker App

Android App and iOS App

or purchase the appropriate app at the App Store (iOS) and Google Play (Android).

Laptop, Desktop, Tablet (not very mobile friendly)

Pick your route from the "Select Routes" dropdown in the top left corner. Become hyptonized by the buses as you watch them drive their routes. 

Defective Bus Passes

RTD has informed us that all College Passes that are in the range of 00707001 - 0071000 are non-rechargeable. This means that the card is defective and will never properly work. If you have a card in that range, please visit the Buff OneCard office in the C4C for a free replacement card.

Bus Pass Not Working?

Let us help you out. Just email buspass@colorado.edu with your name and Bus Pass # (starts with 00xxxxxx). We will take it from there and let you know once we get it repaired. We want to make sure you can ride hassle free and as often as you want!

Getting to the airport

To reduce the stress and expense of traveling remember that your bus pass will get you to DIA. RTD ramps up their service during the peak student travel days, to help make sure that you catch your ride to the airport and don't miss your flight. To keep your stress level low the bus even drops you off at the front doors of the airport. 

Save your time and money and let RTD Sky Ride drive you to the airport!

It's not the Loser Cruiser around here.Bus Rider

Why ride the bus?

  • Everybody rides the bus in Boulder, Denver and the surrounding area
  • Take advantage of the services you've already paid for. It's part of your student fees which means you don't have to pay a fare box fee. Just tap your pass and go have a seat.
  • It typically gets you to your destination just as fast as driving
  • You get to relax instead of driving
  • You don't have to worry about parking
  • Professional drivers get you to your destination safely

Please select from the menu on the right for more information about transit and the Environmental Center's programs.

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