Denver RTD, Lyft Partner on Mobile Fare Payment

Written by Marybeth Luczak, Executive Editor
Lyft app users will soon be able to pay for Denver RTD tickets in addition to Lyft’s ride-sharing and car and scooter rental services.

Lyft app users will soon be able to pay for Denver RTD tickets in addition to Lyft’s ride-sharing and car and scooter rental services.

The Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD) will offer train and bus riders another mobile fare payment option: the Lyft app. Ticket prices will be the same. Rollout is expected in the coming weeks.

The partnership will allow Lyft app users to pay for RTD tickets in addition to Lyft’s ride-sharing and car and scooter rental services. Some 58% of Lyft’s Denver customers have reported using one of its services to get to or from a transit station, the company said.

App users can also search and compare routes; identify nearby bus and rail connections in addition to Lyft vehicles and scooters; purchase multiple tickets using any credit or debit payment method currently enabled in Lyft; and save unused tickets for up to 45 days. When they’re ready to ride, they can view all available purchased tickets and activate a ticket with one tap.

RTD riders can continue to buy tickets through RTD’s Mobile Tickets app and other ticketing platforms such as Uber. Transit fare collection for these apps, plus the Lyft app, is powered by Masabi’s Justride software development kit (SDK).

“During this unprecedented time when the transit industry and the world are living in a constant state of flux, ventures like this one allow RTD to meet the needs and expectations of our customers,” CEO and General Manager Debra A. Johnson said. She added that the partnership allows “our customers to plan and pay for travel in one place, a fact that we know is of the highest value to those we serve.”

“Across our communities, we’ve seen how transportation access can unlock economic and social mobility,” said Patrick Quintana, General Manager, Lyft Bikes & Scooters in Denver. “We’re excited to strengthen partnerships with local transportation agencies like RTD in support of our shared goal to reduce traffic, cut carbon emissions and make transportation more equitable.”

In other developments, Denver RTD recently reported a 2021 budget drop of $140 million.

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