New $1.50 light rail fare to be offset by 25 cent increase for other light rail fares
The Sound Transit Board today approved a new reduced fare for low income riders on Sound Transit’s Link light rail services in Seattle. The new low-income fare category aligns with a new low-income fare on King County Metro bus routes.
“Keeping transit affordable for those of lesser means access to opportunity – the opportunity to get to work, get to school, and get to the services they need to reach their full potential,” said Sound Transit Board Chair and King County Executive Dow Constantine. “Having the same reduced fare for Link and Metro keeps our systems in alignment and makes them simpler to navigate.”
The new fares will be implemented in March, 2015. All other light rail fares will increase by 25 cents to offset the low-income fare. Sound Transit will provide the fare discount to riders who pay with special low-income ORCA cards issued by King County Metro or Kitsap Transit.
The reduced fare will be available to adult riders with incomes at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level — about $23,000 in annual income for an individual. To qualify, a household of four would have an annual household income at or below $47,700.