The Regional Transportation District (RTD) announced the launch of the yearlong Zero Fare for Youth program at an event alongside local leaders.
The initiative, a recommendation resulting from the agency’s most recent fare study and equity analysis, was approved last month by the RTD Board of Directors.
The one-year pilot program will allow youth ages 19 and younger to ride all RTD services at no cost from Sept. 1 through August 31, 2024, by presenting a valid student or government-issued ID.
Presenting the Zero Fare for Youth Program
Joining RTD GM/CEO Debra A. Johnson for the program launch were Denver Councilwoman Amanda Sawyer, District 5, and Denver Public Schools Board of Education Director Member Scott Baldermann, District 1, community supporters who both championed the initiative.
RTD Board Chair Lynn Guissinger, District O, and RTD Board Director Kate Williams, District A, also delivered comments in support of Zero Fare for Youth.
“RTD’s Zero Fare for Youth program underscores Denver and Colorado's unwavering dedication to our youth, supported by a collaborative multi-jurisdictional initiative,” Sawyer said. “It is a transformative endeavor revolutionizing youth mobility, aligning with our vision of an inclusive and vibrant city and region that places resident well-being and opportunity at its core.”
Zero Fare for Youth provides benefits for youth and their families, including cost and time savings. According to the American Public Transportation Association, a household can save nearly $10,000 annually by taking public transportation and living with one less car.