The train to the plane and other RTD fares are part of a proposed rate hike

RTD wants to offer low-income program for riders

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DENVER -- A one-way train ticket to the airport already costs $9 but riders could soon be paying $10.50 if proposed rate hikes are ultimately approved. 

Discounts would be given to some riders through a low-income program while rates on others go up. RTD is now asking for public comment on the proposal that would increase fares for the bus system, light rail network and commuter rail.

"Well we look at fares every three years so this is not abnormal but what is different is that we are considering what the pass program working group has recommended," said a spokesperson for RTD.

RTD is considering three options. You can read more about what each options entails here. Fares could remain the same, increase slightly or increase by a larger margin in order to implement a program for low-income riders.

Qualifying riders would receive a 40% discount if their income is at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty guidelines, or approximately $45,000 for a family.

Here's a breakdown of proposed fare increases:

  • Current local fare is $2.60 and would go up to $3.00
  • Current regional fare is $4.50 and would go up to $5.25
  • Current airport fare is $9.00 and would go up to $10.50

RTD is hosting a telephone town hall and a series of in-person meetings to discuss the possible increases. Riders can also submit a comment online.

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