Denver RTD’s LiVE Program provides income-based fares for those in need during difficult times

April 6, 2020
Qualifying riders receive a 40-percent discount on RTD fares.

The Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD) says its encouraging riders seeking an income-based discount on regular fares to apply for RTD’s LiVE Program.

The program offers a 40 percent discount on RTD fares to those who qualify. To qualify, an individual must be between the ages of 20 and 64, have a household income at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level and live within the RTD service area.

Applications for the LiVE Program are accepted and processed through the state of Colorado PEAK website for benefits. Denver Human Services (DHS) normally provides in-person application assistance. With state and local closures in effect, RTD LiVE applications have moved to online and phone applications.

RTD riders interested in applying for the LiVE Program can enroll in one of the following ways:

  • Apply online 24/7 at
  • Apply by phone: call DHS at 720-944-4DHS (4347) from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

Important to note is that due to closure of offices, make sure to include a mailing address during the application process to avoid delays.

LiVE uses the state’s PEAK system and Denver Human Services to evaluate eligibility and process applications, which allows applicants to apply for other benefits at the same time, including food, cash, medical and childcare assistance.

Approved applicants receive the LiVE Discount proof of eligibility card by mail. With this card, riders have the flexibility to use a MyRide smart card or a mobile 3-hour pass or a day pass on the RTD Mobile Tickets app. LiVE MyRide smart cards can be purchased and reloaded online, at RTD sales outlets and at local King Soopers and Safeway stores.

The LiVE Program was launched in July 2019 and adds to the other discount programs offered by RTD. The program is now being used by over 5,000 enrolled riders, according to RTD.