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EcoPass – Faculty/Staff Bus Pass 

CU Boulder provides RTD EcoPasses for eligible faculty and staff. The EcoPass provides unlimited access to all local, limited, express, and regional bus service, in all fare zones, including the SkyRide bus service to DIA*. Utilizing smart technology, you just tap your pass on the card reader as you get on the bus, and find a seat.  It’s that simple.

(*Not valid on special services, including but not limited to Access‑a‑Ride, BroncosRide, BuffRide, RockiesRide, RunRide, Saturday Shopper, and SeniorRide.)

Eligibility for Faculty/Staff

All CU Boulder faculty and staff who are full and part-time continuing employees working at least a 50% appointment are eligible for an EcoPass. Continuing employees include classified staff, professional exempt employees and faculty with permanent appointments.

Only CU employees with Boulder campus appointments or home departments and system employees are eligible to participate at this time. 

Eligibility for Retirees

Employees who have retired from and come back to work on the CU Boulder campus are eligible for the EcoPass Program. To get an EcoPass you must have an active work appointment on the Boulder campus or as a system employee in the Peoplesoft record system. 

Who is not Eligible

Student and temporary employees are not included in the EcoPass program. Volunteers, contractors, spouses and other family members, and CU retirees who do not have an active work appointment on the Boulder Campus or for the CU system are not eligible for EcoPass benefits. Employees of other CU campuses are not eligible. 

Check your Eligibility

For additional help with eligibility concerns, please e-mail our Transportation Outreach Coordinator.

Obtaining an EcoPass

  • Eligible staff and faculty can pick up their EcoPass at the Buff OneCard office in room N180 of the Center for Community.  Make sure to bring a valid ID.  If you have questions call the Buff OneCard office at 303-492-0355. 
  • New employees should pick up their EcoPass at the same time as their Buff OneCard (university ID card). 
  • Lost or replacement cards -  There is a $10 fee to replace EcoPass cards that are lost or damaged. Cards that have simply stopped working will be replaced at no cost.

EcoPass Card Not Working?

If your pass shows as either Dormant or “Invalid” when scanned on the bus, please send an email to buffscommute@colorado.edu and PTS will advise how to get you up and running again.

Round-trip to Denver International Airport

EcoPass holders ride the SkyRide to/from Denver International Airport free! The current route departs Boulder on US36, but after stopping at the Interlocken US 36/Flatiron Station it turns onto the NW Parkway and proceeds to DIA. Riders between Interlocken and Denver on US36 will either need to take a bus to the Flatiron Station and transfer to the AB route or take a bus to Union Station in Denver and transfer to the University of Colorado A Line, which runs between Union Station and DIA.  Review the SkyRide AB route map.

Questions about EcoPass and the Bus System?

Email buffscommute@colorado.edu or call Clark Rider (303-735-7874) with any EcoPass or sustainable transportation questions. Find bus route, schedule information as well as a great trip planner, online at www.rtd-denver.com. For specific RTD questions call 303-299-6000.

CHIP Permits

If you cancel your CU faculty/staff parking permit in favor of using your EcoPass to ride the bus, or to use another alternate mode of transportation, you become eligible to buy CHIP permits. If you drive to work less than twice per week, the CHIP permit will give you a less expensive alternative than the monthly permit. If you need to drive two or more times per week, we suggest retaining your monthly permit.

CHIP permits are temporary permits sold at a rate discounted from the one-day permit rate. Please call our office 303-735-PARK (7275) for the current CHIP permit rate. CHIP permits are sold only for lots 169, 256, 308, 436, and 560. They are not refundable. Permits for lots managed by the RBS, Alumni, Continuing Education and Athletic departments are not eligible for replacement with CHIP permits.

You are eligible for CHIP permits when:

  • you are eligible for the faculty/staff EcoPass;
  • you cancel your faculty/staff permit;
  • you have held a PTS permit for a lot managed by PTS continually for a year.

EcoPass Extra

Use your EcoPass to get great discounts at local shops!

The university partners with the City of Boulder to bring EcoPass users great discounts at local stores. Just show your EcoPass Smart Card at participating stores to receive discounts on products and services.

Visit the city of Boulder's EcoPass Extra web page for a list of participating businesses.