CITY HOPES PASS WILL FIX DPS TRANSIT WOES
City officials are giving away 1,500 cash-loaded transit cards to Denver young people ages 14 to 19, hoping to gather data that will help build a case to expand public transportation access for the city’s public school students.
Youth participating in the $90,000 pilot project will receive MyRide cards, a new Regional Transportation District pre-loaded fare card. The cards will be loaded with either $50 or $100, depending on how costly fares are in their part of the city, said Dionne Williams, deputy director of the city’s Office of Children’s Affairs. As students use the cards, city officials will be able to track how often they are used and where.
Solid data on student transit use is not available now because there is no specific bus pass for public school students, and no way to track student use. Denver Public Schools estimates it purchases about 2,500 RTD bus passes for high school students monthly.