The Regional Transportation District (RTD) owns and operates Boulder's Community Transit Network, a fleet of buses that transport passengers throughout Boulder and connects with regional bus routes. GO Boulder collaborates with RTD to fund and plan the local buses.
The City of Boulder and RTD are hosting a celebration of the completion of the City investments as well as the opening of RTD’s new underground bus station.
For more information, visit Boulder Junction
Bus Fares and Passes
New RTD Fares in 2016
Starting in 2016, the cost to ride RTD transit will change. For more information on RTD’s recently revised fare structure, visit the RTD Fare Study
US 36 Bus Rapid Transit Service Update
RTD is launching its new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service on U.S. 36 in January 2016. This service is being added as part of the FasTracks program approved by voters in 2004. It has officially been named the Flatiron Flyer, and each new branded bus will comfortably seat 57 people and carry 6 to 8 bikes. The Flatiron Flyer will provide a frequent, reliable and fast commute option between Denver, Westminster, Broomfield, Boulder and points in-between. During the morning and afternoon rush hours, riders can expect a bus every 4 to 12 minutes, depending on the location. One of the key advantages of riding the Flatiron Flyer is that these buses can travel in the Express Lanes, in the general purpose lanes or on the highway shoulder to bypass slow-moving traffic, depending on stop locations and traffic congestion. Other passenger amenities, like ticket vending machines at the stations will allow riders to pay for their fare before boarding and electronic screens will display schedule information.
Boulder Bus Routes, Maps and Schedules
Select the bus routes below, visit the RTD Bus website, use the RTD Trip Planner, or call RTD at 303-299-6000.
The HOP bus route connects the following major stops:
- Downtown Boulder;
- Twenty Ninth Street retail district;
- University Hill; and
- University of Colorado.
The HOP is operated by Via Mobility Services. Call Via at 303-447-2848.
HOP 2 Chautauqua provides bus service to Chautauqua Park during the summer season. Visit www.Chautauqua.com/HOP for more information.
Buses will operate every 15-20 minutes at designated stops beginning approximately 2 hours before the start time of each concert. At the conclusion of each concert, buses will run for 45 minutes, from the east side of the Chautauqua Auditorium.
Transit stops for this special service are located at:
- 10th and Pearl Street
- 13th Street and Pearl Street Mall
- Spruce Street and Broadway (East of Broadway)Chautauqua
- 27th Way Park -n- Ride and all stops along Baseline to the trolley stop.
- Along 9th Street between Downtown and Chautauqua
The SKIP bus travels north and south on Broadway, connecting these major stops:
- Boulder Community Hospital;
- Community Plaza/Ideal Market;
- North Boulder Recreation Center;
- Downtown Boulder;
- University of Colorado;
- Table Mesa Shopping Center; and
- Fairview High School.
The JUMP bus travels east and west on Arapahoe Avenue, connecting these major stops:
- Boulder High School;
- Main Boulder Public Library;
- Downtown Boulder;
- Twenty Ninth Street;
- Boulder Valley School District - Arapahoe Campus; and
- Central Lafayette park-n-Ride (via the Long JUMP).
The BOUND bus Route travels north and south on 30th Street, connecting these major stops:
- Diagonal Highway;
- Twenty Ninth Street Retail District;
- Mapleton Ball Fields;
- Williams Village/Bear Creek;
- Scott Carpenter Park; and
- BaseMar Shopping Center.
The DASH bus travels east and west along Table Mesa Drive / South Boulder Road, connecting these major stops:
- University of Colorado;
- Table Mesa Park-n-Ride;
- Downtown Louisville; and
- Lafayette Park-n-Ride.
The STAMPEDE bus provides high-frequency service between the CU Main Campus, East Campus and the CU Research Park. It also connects with the RTD route 209, the Broadway transit corridor and the BOUND bus service.
The STAMPEDE bus route travels around the University of Colorado campus, connecting these major stops:
- Coors Event Center;
- East CU Campus;
- Folsom Field;
- University Memorial Center (UMC); and
- University of Colorado Main Campus.
The BOLT bus travels along the Diagonal Highway between Boulder and Longmont, connecting these major stops:
- Boulder Station;
- Diagonal Plaza;
- Front Range Community College;
- Niwot Park-n-Ride;
- Roosevelt Park-n-Ride; and
- Twin Peaks Mall park-n-Ride.
The Late Night Transit bus route provides expanded hours of operation on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights in conjunction with the start of CU's fall semester in late August. Buses arrive every 15 minutes from 10 p.m. to midnight on these nights. This route connects Boulder's main nighttime activity centers - downtown, CU and Twenty Ninth Street.
The Black, Gold and Silver Line routes run Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, from midnight to 3 a.m. The buses arrive about every 10 minutes at stops along Broadway between Canyon Boulevard and the University Memorial Center (UMC) at the intersection of Broadway and Euclid Avenue.
The expanded HOP hours and Late Night Transit services are funded by University of Colorado student fees and are only offered during the CU fall and spring semesters.
The Buff Bus shuttle connects students who live in Williams Village/Bear Creek with the Main Campus. The Buff Bus operates each day and night throughout the fall and spring semesters when classes are in session.
The Buff Bus runs the Williams Village route which runs clockwise starting at Regent Drive and Colorado Avenue.
The Gold Hill Climb provides bus service to western Boulder County along the Fourmile Canyon and Gold Hill communities.
Bus Service Changes at Boulder Junction
With the opening of the new RTD transit station on August 16, 2015, you’ll see several bus stop and routing changes.
Routes HX and S will serve the new transit station and pick-up and drop-off passengers underground in the new bus facility.
Route 206 will serve Boulder Junction on-street along Pearl Parkway.
In January 2016, the new Flatiron Flyer service will begin service to Boulder Junction as well as the downtown transit station. The new Flatiron Flyer service will replace the existing routes HX and S. Existing route 206 will begin to serve the underground transit facility to provide quick and easy connections to the new Flatiron Flyer services. Other existing routes, such as 205, FLEX, and BOLT will also serve Boulder Junction on-street along Pearl Parkway.
The City of Boulder is also offering tours of the Boulder Junction district to community members. If you have questions or would like to participate in a tour, please contact Jean Sanson at email@example.com.