If you are an under 20-year-old student born on or after August 29, 2003, currently paying the Transit Pass fee, you are eligible to have this fee waived by participating in RTD's Zero Fare for Youth program. See below for additional information and directions.
RTD is offering a Zero Fare for Youth program through August 31, 2024. Those age 19 and under ride RTD transit at no cost by showing a valid ID with date of birth.
To participate in this RTD promotion and waive your CU student Transit Pass fee, please fill out this application form.
Application deadlines are November 1 for the Fall 23 semester and March 1 for the Spring 24 semester.
To qualify you must be under 20 years old on the first day of the semester (Fall waiver = born on or after August 29, 2003 ; Spring waiver = born on or after January 17, 2004)
Students must show their valid ID to ride the bus until they turn 20. Once a student turns 20, they should switch back to their Buff OneCard to ride RTD transit.
Due to an expected high number of applications this fee waiver will take approximately one month to process and be refunded to your student account.
Your Buff OneCard ID is now your transit pass (updated October 11, 2023)
Starting on September 1, the Buff OneCard ID will be used as a transit pass for all enrolled CU students and benefited employees. CU is no longer issuing CollegePasses or EcoPasses. You will use your Buff OneCard the same way that you previously used your CollegePass with a simple tap on the reader as you board the bus. If you take a semester off we will suspend the transit pass sector of your Buff OneCard and when you return we will reactivate it. You won't need to get a new card. If you have further questions or encounter problems with your card, please let us know at email@example.com.
General Bus Information
Why ride the bus?
Riding transit is popular 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 Buff OneCard and go have a seat.
It often 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.
How to use your Buff OneCard as your transit pass
Inspect your card to ensure there is no damage to the card (hole punched, been washed, chewed up, gouged, bent or cracked) that may require a replacement card.
Once you have verified that there is no damage, please ensure you properly tap your card.
To tap, you must hold your card flat against the validator for a count of three.
Swiping a card will cause it to be “invalid” since the system can’t read the card.
A card will tap “invalid” if tapped twice within four minutes. The screen will show “Card Already Tapped.” This is a built-in feature to prevent people from passing their cards back.
Sometimes, tapping a card while in a wallet, up against another type of card or in a plastic sleeve can cause it to be “invalid.” Please tap the card by itself.
CU Buff Bus on Transit app
CU Boulder is partnering with Transit for real-time tracking of Buff Buses including the late-night routes. Riders can receive alerts for Buff Bus route changes/detours in real time. This will help riders consolidate their transportation needs, making Buff Bus tracking available on an app riders already use to track other services like RTD, the Hop and B-Cycle.
Download the Transit app (and select Buff Bus in your settings) for real time Buff Bus information including real-time arrival predictions, simple trip planning, service alerts and more.
Buff Buses are the free CU buses that run from Main Campus to East Campus and Williams Village/Bear Creek. Click here for more information on Buff Buses (routes and schedules).
Getting to the Airport
To reduce the stress and expense of traveling, remember that your bus pass will get you to DIA. Unlike previous semesters, RTD is short-staffed and unable to ramp up its service during the peak student travel days. To keep your stress level low, catch an earlier bus than you think you'll need and then have the bus drop you off at the airport's front doors. Save your time and money, and let RTD Sky Ride drive you to the airport!
Benefits of alternative transportation
We strive to give our students, faculty and staff options to easily be part of the solution. We promote active transport, like walking, biking, skating and skiing, and other sustainable modes of transportation because of their significant positive impacts on the environment, mental and physical health, economy and social equity. Plus, it’s way more fun! By using these modes of transportation, we can become a more sustainable campus without making major sacrifices.