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Low Income Fare Options Advisory Committee

King County Dept. of Transportation
Metro Transit Division
201 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98104
206-553-3000

Advisory committee recommends adoption of a Metro Transit bus fare for adults with low incomes

King County formed the Low-Income Fare Options Advisory Committee to assist in the review and development of new King County public transportation fare options for people with low incomes.

The King County Council directed the County Executive to establish the committee on Oct. 9, 2012 when it passed Motion 13746, which was later replaced by Motion 13806. The motion defines the committee’s responsibilities and membership.

The advisory committee completed its work and submitted a report to King County Council in June 2013.

The advisory committee had seven primary responsibilities:

  1. Establish a common understanding of mobility barriers for low-income populations, and how transit fare price points affect access and use of transit by low-income persons.
  2. Review the different types of transit fare options available to meet the mobility needs of low-income persons.
  3. Review costs of potential King County low-income fare programs.
  4. Recommend definitions of low-income to be used for the implementation of transit fare programs.
  5. Make prioritized recommendations related to the establishment of King County low-income fare programs.
  6. Identify different options for funding low-income fare programs and potential partners that may be willing to support such programs.
  7. Identify opportunities and recommendations for regional low-income fare programs and potential partners that may be willing to support such programs.

Members of the advisory committee were:

Rob Beem – Board Member North Urban Human Service Alliance
Al Smith – Board Member Eastside Human Services Forum
Ginger Kwan – Executive Director, Open Doors for Multicultural Families South King Council of Human Services
Alison Eisinger – Director, Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness Seattle Human Services Coalition
Katie Wilson – Transit Riders Union Low income consumer
Katheryn Flake – SE Seattle Low income consumer
On Ho – Women's Advisory Board Low income consumer
Jerry DeGrieck – Seattle Mayor’s Office Local jurisdiction representative
Marilynne Beard – Kirkland Deputy City Manager Local jurisdiction representative
John Hodgson – Kent City Manager Local jurisdiction representative
Londi Lindell -North Bend City Administrator Local jurisdiction representative
Kate Joncas – President, Downtown Seattle Association Business representative
Patrick Bannon – Director, BDA Business representative
John Resha Ex officio member – County Council designee
Kelli Carroll Ex officio member – County Council designee
Chris Arkills Ex officio member – County Executive designee
Elissa Benson Ex officio member – County Executive designee
Deborah Doyle Ex officio member – Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
Katy Miller Ex officio member – King County Human Services
Dennis Worsham Ex officio member – King County Public Health
Kevin Desmond Ex officio member – King County Metro Transit

News

May 30—The King County Council has formed a Low Income Fare Implementation Task Force to review Metro’s plan for implementing a fare for qualified individuals who have low incomes.

Feb. 24—The King County Council has approved a new reduced Metro fare for qualified individuals who have low incomes. Read about the Council’s action


Report

The Low-Income Fare Options Advisory Committee has completed its work and issued a report and recommendations.
low-income fares advisory committee report cover
Download the report [574KB PDF]
Download the appendices to the report [3MB PDF]


Related information

Metro Online

2015 fare change

Low Income Fare Implementation Task Force