Bus Updates

Graduate Student Employee Information (updated July 1)

Similar to the last few summers, Graduate student employees who are employed at least 15% of time during the summer and have job codes of 1502, 1503, 1505, and 1506 will have their summer passes activated and paid for as part of their benefits package. As of July 1, about 1/2 of the student employees passes are reactived and we are working diligently on manually revising card statuses of the other eligible students. Thanks for your patience in this process as we are very short staffed due to covid-19. 

Suspension and Purchase Options (updated July 1)

RTD began charging to board buses on July 1, so CU is offering a prorated "optional bus pass" for our students to purchase. Due to not having in person classes this summer, the Bus and Bike Program fees are waived and all student bus passes have been suspended thru August 1. For students that would like to ride transit, without paying farebox rates, they can extend their bus pass remotely by following these steps:

  1. Login to your account at www.colorado.edu/buffonecard and deposit $45 to your Campus Cash account.
  2. Once the deposit in complete, email boc@colorado.edu with the number on the bottom of your bus pass, highlighted below.
  3. We will charge your Campus Cash account the $45 fee and your pass will be extended through the summer.
  4. If complete by June 24, you should not experience any break in service.
    1. If completed after this day, you may experience up to a 72-hour delay

College Pass ID #

Please let us know if you have any questions. Pass purchase questions should be sent to boc@colorado.edu and general pass questions should be sent to buspass@colorado.edu. If no action is taken, Fall semester bus passes will automatically become active again on August 1 for students that will be enrolled for that semester.

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.


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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