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DU transit passes to continue in ’08 despite fare increases

The Regional Transportation District (RTD) fare increases approved Sept. 26 are not expected to affect re-issue of the University of Denver’s 2008 Eco Pass to benefited employees or the College Pass to students.

Human Resources Director Richard Gartrell says he expects eligible DU employees to receive the 2008 Eco Passes by mid-December even though RTD fares will increase Jan. 1 by about 12 percent.

“We had anticipated that the fares would increase,” Gartrell says. “We have planned and budgeted accordingly.”

The College Pass for full-time undergraduates and full-time and part-time law school students is a separate program funded by student fees. Neil Krauss, assistant vice chancellor for business and financial affairs, says he expects that renewal of the program will be approved by the AUSA Senate and DU Board of Trustees despite the higher fares.

“We don’t anticipate any issues with it,” Krauss says Wednesday. “It’s a great service that many, many DU students take advantage of.”

The fare increase approved by RTD affects all fare programs, including the local one-way light-rail fare, which will rise from $1.50 to $1.75 for one- or two-zone travel and from $3.75 to $4 for travel in all four zones.

For information, go to and click on Fares & Passes.

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