The Regional Transportation District (RTD) owns and operates Boulder's Community Transit Network, a fleet of buses that transport passengers throughout Boulder and connect with regional bus routes. GO Boulder collaborates with RTD to fund and plan the local buses.
Boulder Transit Open House
On April 6, the city hosted the Boulder Transit Open House. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss conceptual changes that may need to be made in 2017 to improve two underperforming local bus routes in eastern Boulder: #206 and #209. The meeting also served as an opportunity to review conceptual routes for future consideration that were identified by Boulder residents in the city’s 2014 Transportation Master Plan update. No decisions were made at this public meeting, however, the discussion was intended to help shape an expected future formal service change proposal about routes #206 and #209 by RTD later this year.
If you were unable to attend the Boulder Transit Open House, view the Boulder Transit Open House Information to learn more.
For more information, please contact Natalie Stiffler at StifflerN@bouldercolorado.gov
Boulder Bus Routes, Maps and Schedules
The EcoPass is an annual bus pass that gives some Boulder residents and employees access to the entire RTD transit system.
Visit the RTD Fares and Passes page or call 303-299-6000 for information.
New RTD Bus Fares in 2016
In January 2016, the cost to ride RTD's system changed. For more information, review the RTD Fare Study.
Select the bus routes below, visit the RTD Bus website, use the RTD Trip Planner, or call RTD at 303-299-6000.
RTD released real-time information to the public on Dec. 31, 2015. The beta phase includes real-time prediction arrivals for all RTD local buses and published vehicle location information on all fixed bus routes. RTD also made the data available to the public for 3 rd party developers to use and create mobile applications. Transit App is the first mobile app to use the real-time data feed to provide real-time prediction arrivals for RTD local bus routes. Transit App also has the capability of displaying the vehicle location information for local and regional buses.
RTD expects their real-time data feed to go live with Google in the coming month. Real-time prediction arrivals for regional bus, light rail, and commuter rail will be available later this year and in 2017. Also in 2016, arrival predictions will be made available on existing public information displays (PIDs) at Table Mesa Station (PnR), Downtown Transit Station, and Boulder Junction at Depot Square Station.
City staff is working with RTD to integrate HOP real-time information into RTD’s real-time information system. Until then, HOP real-time information is available at www.boulderbustracker.com or by downloading the CU Bus Tracker app for Apple or Android smart phone systems.
If you find issues with some local routes that you don't see the real time info for, please send the details to firstname.lastname@example.org and RTD will look at the issue and provide you with information related to the particular issue. You can learn more about RTD’s real-time system at http://www.rtd-denver.com/mobile.shtml .
- Map of HOP Bus Route
- For HOP Bus Real-Time Information visit Boulder Bus Tracker or download the CU Bus Tracker App
The HOP bus route connects the following major stops:
- Downtown Boulder;
- Twenty Ninth Street retail district;
- University Hill;
- University of Colorado; and
- Boulder Junction
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.
In January 2016, RTD launched its new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service on U.S. 36. This service was added as part of the FasTracks program approved by voters in 2004. Each new Flatiron Flyer bus will comfortably seat 57 people and carry six to eight bikes, providing a frequent, reliable, and fast travel option between Boulder, Broomfield, Westminster, Denver, 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 U.S. 36 Express Lanes, in the general purpose lanes, or on the highway shoulder to pass 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 bus fare before boarding and electronic screens will display schedule information.
For more information on the U.S. 36 BRT and Express Lanes, visit the Flatiron Flyer website
The new express bus service connecting Boulder, Longmont, Loveland and Fort Collins began in January 2016. Transfort, the city of Fort Collins' transit department, operates the year-round, Monday through Friday service. The new branch of the FLEX route is made possible by a grant from the Denver Regional Council of Governments received by Boulder County.
For more information about the route and schedule, please visit the TransFort FLEX website