The City and County of Denver is partnering with the Regional Transportation District (RTD) to gain a better understanding of the transportaion needs for Denver youth. Through this pilot project, 1,500 Denver students, ages 14 - 18, will be provided with a MyRide Smart Card preloaded with bus/rail fare, which can be used for all regular RTD bus rides, Call-n-Ride, SkyRide and rail services.
Note: A parent/guardian or the student can pick up the card (both do not have to be present). Limit of 2 cards per household.
MY Denver Card memberships are available for free to all Denver youth and DPS students between the ages of 5 and 18. Youth are required to have this membership to receive a pre-loaded MyRide Smart Card and participate in the pilot.
You can stop by any of our Denver recreation centers to sign up for your MY Denver Card membership, take a photo and receive your card with all its benefits activated. Learn more by visiting denvergov.org/mydenvercard.
Youth will be provided with pre-loaded cards in the amount of either $50 or $100, depending on how costly fares are in their part of the city.
Once we issue your MyRide Smart Card, families will be responsible for managing their own card accounts and can add additional funds at any time, as the card never expires. Learn more by visting rtd-denver.com/myride.
The City and County of Denver pre-purchased and loaded the MyRide Smart Cards. Though this pilot is not set up to transfer any balances to your existing MyRide cards, we can add our cards to existing accounts if the family has a login.
The "Youth Pilot Transit Project" is primarily focused on the riding needs and habits of teenagers, ages 14 - 18, because they are most likely to ride the bus independently and the least likely to have access to school bus service. In addition, with this being a pilot project, only a limited number of cards could be distributed.
We are looking at different solutions to help families and youth have greater access to public transportation, and this is just the first step in figuring out which solutions will work best.
Purpose of the Pilot
This $90,000 pilot project not only gives students a way to get to work and around the city, but it also allows the City and County of Denver, Denver Public Schools and the Regional Transportation District an opportunity to track student use and better understand the transit needs of our young people.
The study and data collection process is being led by the Office of Children's Affairs. Any personally identifiable information will not be shared or accessible. Data being analyzed will only include student age, ZIP code and bus route.
We understand that transportation challenges continue to serve as a barrier for young people. We are hopeful that the data collected will strengthen our case to expand public transportation access for students. We want to show how important public transit is for ensuring kids can get to and from school, work and around the city safely and easily.