DENVER (CBS4) – Riding the bus and light rail is about to get smarter.

Starting Tuesday the Regional Transportation District will begin shifting to a smart card system.

The first part of the rollout includes just college pass and eco-pass passengers, but by the fall all RTD riders will be able to get a card. Users load the card with cash or a monthly pass by going online and will just have to tap their card on a reader to board.

“In the near term, customer convenience of an improved boarding process, improved well times with the buses to help us speed our customers on their way,” Bruce Abel with RTD said.

Several other transit systems nationwide are already using smart cards. RTD is spending about $15 million to put the program in place.


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