Bus Updates

Summer Bus Pass Suspension Information

Bus passes are scheduled to be suspended in early June. The suspension list of over 22,000 students has been sent to RTD for processing. This suspension applies to students that were enrolled in Spring 19, but aren't enrolled for the Summer 19 semester. If you would like to keep your pass active over the Summer and are returning for the Fall, you can visit the Buff OneCard office in C4C and purchase an "optional bus pass" for $85 (same fee as every other semester and what summer students are paying) or by following these steps:

Here are the steps to extend your summer bus pass remotely:

  1. The cost to extend the pass is $85.
    1. Log in to your Buff OneCard account and deposit $85 to your Campus Cash account.
    2. Once the deposit in complete, email boc@colorado.edu back with the number on the bottom of your bus pass, highlighted below.
    3. We will charge your Campus Cash account the $85 fee and your pass will be extended.
    4. If this process is completed after May 29, you will likely experience up to a 72 hour break in service.

Bus Pass ID #

For those that purchased an "optional bus pass" after May 29 (the day CU sent RTD the suspension list) you may experience a period of up to 72 hours where your card is suspended. This is due to limitations on the card management software that prevents CU from removing a suspension on a card that was on the initial suspension list prior to it actually being suspended.


Graduate Student Employee qualifications

Graduate students holding active CU Boulder student faculty appointments (GA, RA, TA, GPTI, but this does not include hourly employed students) during the summer will have continued use of their RTD pass. These appointments must be at or above 15% time.


If you are not enrolled in summer classes, and choose not to purchase the optional summer pass, fall bus passes will re-activate for returning students August 1.

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!

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.

Get Transit on Google Play or in the Apple Store

Bus Pass Issues
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
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.

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 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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