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RTD unveils new way to buy tickets for Denver metro buses and trains

Agency is among first to offer sales on Transit app

People board the A-Line train at Union Station on December 28, 2018, in Denver. RTD plans to increase fares in 2019 on the A-Line train to the airport from $9 to $10.50 for a one-way trip. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post)
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Riders on metro Denver’s buses and trains gained another way to buy tickets Monday as RTD became one of the first agencies to sign up for the new option with the popular Transit app.

The third-party app displays real-time, location-based bus and train routes and expected arrival times in a simple format. It also allows users to initiate Lyft and Uber rides from within the app.

Transit, the product of a Montreal-based app developer, is the second third-party app to allow RTD fare payments. The Uber app began integrating RTD schedules and a ticket-purchase option earlier this year.

The Transit app also has begun offering ticketing for a handful of smaller transit agencies and soon plans to add the Las Vegas area; Cincinnati; Dayton, Ohio; and Santa Monica, California. The app also allows purchases for several bike-sharing services, including in Aspen, Chicago, New York City, Toronto and Washington, D.C.

A screenshot shows the Transit app in an iPhone.

Dave Genova, RTD’s CEO and general manager, said integration with the Transit app could be valuable for visitors to Denver, since public transportation users elsewhere often use the app.

“As people are here in Denver, they don’t have to download a specific app to be able to use and pay for transit,” he said.

The company says it will provide free return-trip passes Tuesday for the first 1,000 Transit app users who purchase a 3-hour local pass ($3) or regional pass ($5.25) through between 6 and 10 a.m. The free pass will be added to the user’s account by 3 p.m.

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