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Denver teens with MY Denver Cards can get $50 or $100 in free RTD rides

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Posted at 10:54 AM, Aug 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-23 12:54:05-04

DENVER – Denver is giving out tens of thousands of dollars in free bus and train rides in an effort to better understand how teens utilize public transit.

Denver and RTD are teaming up to offer 1,500 preloaded MyRide transit cards to teens aged 14 to 18. Cards will be loaded with either $50 or $100, depending on the price of transit fares in a teen’s area of town. In order to be eligible, teens must already be enrolled in the MY Denver Card program and obtain the permission of a parent or guardian.

MyRide is RTD’s reloadable card that can be used in place of traditional paper tickets on buses and trains. MY Denver Card is a free card available to kids that gives them access to pools and other recreation centers around the city.

The goal of the $90,000 pilot project is get a better understanding of how high-school-aged students use transit to get around the city. The city says it will only keep track of a student’s age, zip code and bus routes and will not share any personal information.

For more information on obtaining a preloaded MyRide card, log on to denvergov.org.