Transportation

Colorado Regional Transit Agency to Launch Mobile Ticketing App

The app will allow riders to purchase day passes directly from their smartphones.

by Jesse Paul, The Denver Post / October 31, 2017
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(TNS) -- Want to avoid paper tickets next time you ride the bus? Now there’s an app for that too.

The Regional Transportation District on Wednesday is launching a new mobile tickets application for train and bus day passes, letting riders skip ticket vending machine lines.

RTD customers just have to download the app on their Apple or Android smartphone, purchase a pass with their credit card and then activate the pass before getting on a bus or train.

The transportation authority hopes the new application will be especially useful for bus customers who pay for their tickets with cash, making it so they don’t have to ensure they have exact change for each fare.

“The addition of our new mobile ticketing app provides yet another option for our passengers to easily use RTD’s growing transit system,” RTD CEO and General Manager Dave Genova said in a written statement. “This app is convenient, gives our customers choices and adds another method of payment without using cash.”

Users, however, can only buy tickets for their day of travel, and thus can’t pre-purchase passes — though that feature is expected to be added in the future.

Purchased tickets will expire just before 3 a.m. the day after they are bought, even if they aren’t used.

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