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Denver’s RTD teams with Lyft on mobile fare payment

Launch of mobile ticketing solution for RTD public transit makes customers in the Denver Metro region the first to be able to purchase tickets to ride local buses and trains through the Lyft app.

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Mass transit update will be rolled out in the Denver metro region in coming weeks
Mass transit update will be rolled out in the Denver metro region in coming weeks

Denver’s Regional Transportation District (RTD), Lyft and Masabi have introduced a mobile ticketing solution for public transit, enabling passengers to purchase fares to ride local buses and trains from directly within the Lyft app.

 

The mass transit update will be gradually rolled out in the Denver metro region over the coming weeks.

 

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Debra Johnson, chief executive officer and general manager of RTD, said during this unprecedented time when the transit industry and the world are living in a constant state of flux, ventures like this allow RTD to meet the needs and expectations of its customers.

 

She continued: “Lyft customers have been able to open the app and see transit options available to them since last year. Today’s announcement now makes it possible for 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.”

 

RTD tickets cost the same within the Lyft app as they do using any existing option. To purchase fares within the Lyft app, Denver customers can look for Transit on the Lyft app home screen, where they can search and compare routes and purchase multiple fares. When they’re ready to ride, they can view all available purchased tickets and activate a ticket with a single tap.

 

“Across our communities, we’ve seen how transportation access can unlock economic and social mobility,” added 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.”

 

Transit ticketing has been enabled using Masabi’s Justride SDK, mobile ticketing software development kit (SDK) for public transportation, creating a seamless passenger experience combining transit and new mobility.

“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”

Riders also can buy tickets through RTD’s mobile tickets app and other ticketing platforms. All of RTD’s in-app ticketing collaborations are made possible through a relationship with platform provider Masabi.

 

The Regional Transportation District develops, operates and maintains a public transportation system that aims to meet the transit needs of some three million people within an eight-county service area in the Denver Metro region. RTD reports its buses, rail lines, shuttles and additional services provide approximately 100 million annual passenger trips, annually.

 

Lyft said it is committed to effecting positive change for by making cities more liveable for everyone through initiatives that bridge transportation gaps, and by promoting “transportation equity” through shared rides, bike-share systems, electric scooters, and public transit partnerships.

 

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