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