This historic policy win will help tens of thousands of people get on the bus.
When we started organizing for a low income Metro fare back in 2012, as the loss of the Ride Free Area loomed, Alison thought it would take years before our work came to fruition. But on Monday, the King County Council voted unanimously to implement a reduced Metro fare of $1.50* for people living on low incomes. King County residents all the way up to 200% of the federal poverty line will be eligible – meaning that nearly a quarter of the people in our community will be better able to access the bus. (*This proposal can be made even better if voters turn out to pass Proposition 1 on April 22, when voters can ‘buy down’ the fare to $1.25 as part of a revenue package that will prevent 17% bus service cuts.)
This is a big win! If you filled out a postcard, played our “Metro Mad Libs,” called and e-mailed, or turned out to public meetings, you should be proud. Together we have moved our region into the forefront of public policy that connects transit to other social and economic goals.