Important Updates for Families about DPS RTD Pass Program

In May of 2016, Denver Public Schools made a pledge to work with community stakeholders, such as Together Colorado and the Donnell-Kay Foundation, in a two-year effort focused on increasing access to high quality schools and educational opportunities for high school students.

Working as a part of the Regional Transportation District (RTD) Pass Program Working Group, Transportation Services, along with the City of Denver, made recommendations for RTD to create a 70 percent fare discount for youth ages 6-19 on all regular bus and train services.

In April of 2018, the DPS Board of Education made a Proclamation to approve the recommendations set forth by the RTD Pass Program Working Group to the RTD Board of Directors. On December 17, the DPS BOE approved the recommendations by Transportation Services to decrease the walk distance for high school students from 3.5 to 2.5 miles, which would provide approximately 1,700 additional students with access to safe and reliable transportation.

Utilizing the $400,000 provided from the 2016 Mill Levy proposal, DPS is able to make a total investment of $1.2 million into the DPS RTD Pass program for students. This expansion in the program will assist with maximizing opportunities for students to access public transportation, increase student attendance and mobility and align existing policies that support overall student achievement.

What does this mean for students?


Beginning in January 2019, Transportation Services will provide the additional passes to the RTD Pass Coordinators at high schools with eligible students, for distribution. Families of newly-eligible students will receive information from their schools with instructions on where to pick up their passes.

The DPS-RTD Pass is provided to eligible high school students by Transportation Services who attend and live 2.5 miles from their home/boundary school.

Additional information about the DPS-RTD Pass can be found at Questions can be directed to either your school’s RTD Pass Coordinator or Transportation Services by emailing

Youth Special Discount Card

For students not eligible for the DPS RTD Pass, a Youth Special Discount Card (YSDC) will be available in January at a discounted price of $34.20. This pass provides youth with access to regular bus and train services and can be purchased by partner organizations such as schools, not-for-profit organizations and municipalities.

Families interested in purchasing the YSDC can do so through RTD directly at