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The new HOP bus will be orange instead of white and feature updated designs. The new design is part of the HOP route changes that will begin in August 2018, when the HOP will change from a looped route to four distinct routes.

HOP enhancements coming August 2018

hop map

Starting Aug. 26, 2018, the HOP will shift to a new schedule-based service that provides better reliability for riders. It will also have expanded service hours on weekends and a consistent year-round schedule (currently, the HOP reduces service on some segments during the summer in response to the decline in CU students). 

Starting Aug. 26, the HOP will follow this schedule:

Weekdays (Monday-Friday):

  • 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.: 10-minute frequency
  • 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. 15-minute frequency

Weekends (Saturday & Sunday):

  • 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.: 15-minute frequency
  • 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.: 20-minute frequency

These service improvements will follow a rebranding of the HOP buses taking place this summer. All HOP buses will be rewrapped with a modern, bright-orange design featuring graphics inspired by Boulder's natural and urban landmarks. 

The HOP will continue to run on a looping route and provide direct connections between downtown, CU, Twenty Ninth Street and Boulder Junction.

hop map

For real-time information on arrivals, download the Transit app. 

Current HOP Map and Schedule

Until Aug. 26, 2018, the HOP will continue to serve customers with the current schedule.

View the timetables for the new schedule below. Please note that the timetables show arrivals for seven major HOP stops - please check the timetable signs at HOP bus shelters or use the Transit app to learn specific arrival times for other stops. (*These timetables do not go into effect until Aug. 26, 2018):

Clockwise - Weekday pdf

Clockwise - Weekend pdf

Counterclockwise - Weekday pdf

Counterclockwise - Weekend pdf

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the fare for the HOP?

One-way tickets for the HOP are $2.60. Learn more about fares and discounts on the RTD website.

I had heard the HOP routes may change this summer. Is that still happening?

Not at this time. After the completion of the HOP Transit Study in 2016, the city considered changing the HOP route from a loop to four distinct linear routes to expand ridership and service coverage. However, to be responsive to recent customer feedback, the city is pausing the segmentation of the HOP route this summer and will keep the HOP a looped route. The pause allows more time for community engagement and the exploration of future strategies to expand HOP service, as called for in the city's Transportation Master Plan (TMP).

What is a "schedule-based service," and why is the HOP changing to one?

The HOP currently operates on what's called a "headway-based service," which means that the HOP does not run according to a timetable but instead arrives within general windows of time. The new schedule-based service means that the HOP will arrive at set intervals, providing more reliable service, better trip-planning and a higher-quality customer experience.

Why did the design of the HOP buses change?

The HOP buses have undergone very few design changes since the service debuted in 1994. The changes were made to signal the service changes and to refresh the HOP visually with a more modern design and revitalize interest in the HOP as the heart of Boulder's Community Transit Network (CTN). Community feedback was incorporated into the rebranding process, with feedback including calls for graphical representations of Boulder landmarks and an attention-grabbing orange color that sets the HOP apart from other CTN buses.

Is the HOP operated by RTD?

No. The HOP is operated by the City of Boulder through a contract with Via Mobility.


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