The EcoPass is an annual RTD (Regional Transportation District) transit pass for unlimited regional, express, local bus and light rail service throughout the Denver and Boulder regions.

EcoPass Overview

The Business EcoPass is an employer-purchased annual transit pass that provides employees with unlimited rides on RTD (Regional Transportation District) buses and trains.

The Neighborhood EcoPass (NECO Pass) is an unlimited ride annual RTD transit pass that can be purchased in bulk by neighborhoods, apartment buildings or HOAs.

The City of Boulder provides a range of financial incentives to support EcoPass programs locally.

Where can I use the pass?

Your pass allows you to ride for FREE on all RTD services (excluding special services like the Broncos Ride and Rockies Ride) seven days a week for as long as you are an eligible employee or part of the NECO Pass program. You can ride:

  • Local Buses
  • Express Buses
  • Regional Buses
  • SkyRide service to and from Denver International Airport (DEN) is included for EcoPass holders
  • The "N" to Eldora Mountain ski resort
  • All Community Transit Network buses like the HOP, SKIP, JUMP, BOUND, DASH, STAMPEDE and BOLT
  • All call-n-Ride services

Neighborhood EcoPass

What is the Neighborhood EcoPass Program?

The Neighborhood EcoPass Program (NECO Pass) increases access to transit, lowers single occupant vehicle use, saves money and enhances community relations. It is an annual transit pass purchased by residents or a neighborhood organization for all members of participating households.

This smart card pass provides each participant with one year of unlimited travel on all RTD local, regional, airport bus and light/commuter rail routes, except for special services including Access-a-Ride.

Why sign up for the NECO Pass Program?

Over 50 neighborhoods in the City of Boulder participate in the NECO Pass Program, accounting for over 7,000 households in 2019. Neighborhoods that participate have reported a dramatic increase in public transit use, which results in less congestion and pollution in our community.

Benefits include:

  • Get unlimited rides on local, regional and airport RTD services
  • Support clean air and the climate
  • Travel locally, regionally and to the airport
  • Save money on parking
  • Strengthen neighborhood relationships
  • Pay less with City of Boulder subsidies

Reduced Costs

The City of Boulder provide a 50% subsidy for first time participating neighborhoods and an ongoing 33%-39% subsidy for renewing neighborhoods based on the affordable housing amount. In comparison, the 2022 cost for a year’s worth of individual RTD monthly passes is $1,368 for local trips and $2,400 for regional trips.

Student Fee Waiver

CU Boulder policy lets current CU students waive their Student Bus and Bike Programs Fee if they have a valid NECO pass. Download the fee waiver or read policy details online. Questions can be emailed to

Join or start a NECO Pass Neighborhood

Look up your address

  • Type your address in the map below to see if you live in an existing NECO Pass area or neighborhood.

If you live in a NECO Pass Neighborhood

  • Click on the map for your neighborhood coordinator contact information to find out how to participate.

If you do not live in a NECO Pass Neighborhood

Business EcoPass


  • Employee morale and productivity increase due to reduced stress, fewer late arrivals and the ability to work while commuting.
  • Companies improve their ability to recruit the most skilled employees by expanding access to employees throughout the region.
  • Employers save money through tax benefits and reduced overhead costs associated with parking expenses and mileage reimbursements.
  • Employees save money and time spent for gas, parking, car maintenance, etc.
  • The community benefits from less air pollution and reduced traffic congestion.


Downtown and University Hill businesses receive free EcoPasses for their employees. Outside of these commercial districts, the price of a business' employee EcoPass program is based on the following criteria:

  • the number of employees; and
  • the availability of transit services near the business location.

To help estimate the cost of EcoPasses for your company (outside of the above commercial districts), visit the Boulder Transportation Connections website or contact a Transportation Planner at the Boulder Chamber.

Subsidized (FREE) Downtown and University Hill Areas

Businesses within the Central Area General Improvement District (CAGID) and/or the Downtown Boulder Business Improvement District (BID) Area tax district or the University Hill General Improvement District (UHGID) , with at least a 6 month commercial lease, are included in the City of Boulder Community Vitality Commercial District Sponsored Employee EcoPass Program.

For more information, contact Lane Landrith at or 303-413-7316.


City of Boulder will offer a reimbursement for any EcoPass contract to employers who have an employee that chooses to participate in Boulder's Employee Transportation Coordinator network. Discounts are based on your business' RTD contract. In addition, your company may be required to distribute a before-and-after transportation survey to employees, including some type of EcoPass promotion. Please visit or contact a Transportation Planner at the Boulder Chamber.

Companies with 11 employees or more
City of Boulder will rebate 50 percent of a company's first year contract and 25 percent of the second year contract for companies with 11 or more employees. The subsidies are given from January through March of each year.

Companies with 1-10 employees
City of Boulder will reimburse $60 per employee for a company of 1-10 employees for their first year contract and $30 per employee for their second year contract (not to exceed 50 percent of the first year contract cost or 25 percent of the second year contract cost). These reimbursements are given from January through March of each year.

Get an Employee EcoPass

Employees of participating businesses

RTD MyRide Phone App

RTD has begun the transition from EcoPass cards to digital passes in the MyRide mobile app. For current and future EcoPass benefits we need an email for each person requesting a pass, and they need to set-up a MyRide account in the app with the same email address. Authorized signers for each business will please send an email message to to include the email address(es) for any current or new employees wishing to receive their free transit benefit.

  1. Download the RTD MyRide App
    RTD MyRide QR code
    • Download the RTD MyRide app.
    • Click on Account on the main app screen.
    • Create a new account using your work email address. You will receive an email link to verify your account setup.
    • Set up a MyRide Barcode in the app to travel with your EcoPass.

    Your enrollment will be verified by the city for eligibility requirements before activation.

    Download the PDF information flyer to assist with the RTD MyRide digital app.

  2. MyRide Transit Card

    Once you've followed the instructions to have your EcoPass on the MyRide app account and you do not have a smartphone, you may then request an EcoPass Authorization Form by submitting an email to This form will be exchanged at any RTD Sales Outlet location for a physical MyRide EcoPass card.


Sign up for the Employer EcoPass Program

New Employer Application

Authorized Signer Form

Rights and responsibilities

  • Failure to comply with all RTD eligibility requirements may result in a financial liability and/or a loss of all EcoPass privileges to the employer for the remainder of the contract year.
  • The employer is responsible for ensuring the eligibility of each employee that receives an EcoPass. Eligibility is limited to current employees working FULL TIME in Downtown Boulder. (“Full time is any employee scheduled to work, on average, 25 or more hours per week, and receive all other full time benefits”). Part time, non-paid, contract, temporary, and current CU students are NOT ELIGIBLE for this Boulder Parking EcoPass.
  • The City of Boulder and RTD reserve the right to deactivate or confiscate any or all passes if it believes that the program has been misused in any way by a business or its employees.
  • The City of Boulder and RTD reserve the right to request payroll records or other information during random audits to verify any individual’s active employment and full-time Boulder work status.
  • All employers are required to immediately notify via Email when an employee who holds an EcoPass is separated or terminated. Failure to do so may result in a financial liability and/or a loss of all EcoPass privileges to the employer for the remainder of the contract year.

Replace a Lost or Stolen EcoPass

Business EcoPass

Neighborhood EcoPass

  • Use the map above to find your neighborhood coordinator.
  • Report your lost pass to your neighborhood coordinator as soon as possible.
  • Let them know what happened with your pass, and they will deactivate the card, and issue instructions for a new one.
  • Follow instructions from your coordinator on how to get a new card printed at the RTD office in Boulder.

General questions

EcoPass Discounts

Use your EcoPass and College Pass to save with discounts at restaurants, stores and more! More information is also available to Boulder merchants interested in offering a discount to EcoPass and College Pass members.