The Boulder bus system is well-known and well-used in Boulder, but perhaps less well-known is the woman responsible for many of the most convenient aspects of the transit system: Andrea Robbins. Now, after 18 years working for Go Boulder, Robbins is retiring. Read more
RTD is lifting its ban on new neighborhood Eco Passes in January, but Boulder is worried that new communities won’t sign up and that old ones may fall off the alternative transportation band wagon.
Now, 45 neighborhoods are enrolled in the program, which allows every house in the neighborhood to get an Eco Pass and ride most RTD buses for no additional charge,
Despite record participation of about 11,369 people in Boulder — the only municipality aside from single neighborhoods in Louisville and Lafayette to participate in the program’s 16-year history — volunteers are finding that the state of the national economy has hurt people’s willingness to pay for the program.
Andrea Robbins, a transportation planner and spokeswoman for Go Boulder, the city’s alternative transportation program, said the problem is that everyone in an eligible neighborhood receives an Eco Pass even if residents contribute different amounts. Read more
Public transportation fans in Boulder are rejoicing.
The program that allowed neighbors in Boulder to band together and qualify for the Eco Pass — the little card that allows you to Jump, Skip, Hop and Dash all over town for no additional costs – is being resurrected.
Beginning Jan. 1, Boulder neighborhoods will once again be invited to sign up for the popular Eco Pass program.
The Regional Transportation District board of directors voted Tuesday night to lift a yearlong moratorium on the discounted annual bus passes. RTD officials voted last October to freeze the program at its current numbers and not to allow new neighborhoods to sign up — or existing ones to expand — amid concerns that the passes were too cheap.
John Tayer, Boulder’s representative on the RTD board who spearheaded the effort to re-open the program, called the decision a “huge achievement.”
“I know that people are still interested in forming neighborhood Eco Pass groups,” Tayer said.