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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Are Multiple Fare Zones for Light Rail Self-Defeating?

[Published Mar. 27, 2014, in the Jeffco editions of the Denver Post's YourHub section]

Why is it that RTD lets a Golden resident pay $2.25 to ride the 16L Bus to downtown Denver but asks $4.00 to ride the light rail train to the same destination?  Shouldn’t we be encouraging light rail?

It pains me to see light rail trains pull into and leave the Golden terminus with few if any passengers on board.  If RTD implemented a flat fare for light rail equal to its flat fare for buses, RTD would probably make more money from the increased ridership.
 
The New York City subway, spanning 232 route miles, has a single fare of $2.50.

There is a societal benefit to increasing public transit usage.  That’s the reason behind our RTD sales tax, after all. Here’s an idea for RTD: Our SCFD sales tax brings us “free days” at places that receive those funds. How about free days on the buses and/or light rail?

 

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