Metro seeks public input on ways to simplify fare payment
Metro’s current adult fare structure is complex. It includes extra charges for travel during weekday peak commute hours and for trips that cross a zone boundary during those peak hours. This can confuse riders, slow down boarding, and lead to fare disputes that jeopardize driver safety.
For these reasons, Metro is exploring options to simplify our adult fare structure and make it consistent with other agencies. While this process may lead to fare changes, it is also possible that the current Metro fare structure will not be changed. No changes are being considered for youth, senior, disabled, ORCA LIFT, or Access fares.
As we develop adult fare options, we’re reaching out to our riders and also to organizations—such as employers, schools, and public service agencies—that provide farecards to those they serve. We want to make sure our work on fare payment over the next two years will reflect our customers’ needs and desires.
Phase 1 public engagement
Advisory group—kickoff meeting
Get input: What’s important to customers as we design fare changes and future programs to speed boarding, improve driver safety, help increase ridership, and reduce barriers?
Phase 2 public engagement
Advisory group—second meeting
Get input on a preferred fare option that simplifies zone and peak fares, as well as longer-term pilot projects to reduce barriers for vulnerable populations.
Advisory group—final meeting
Prepare final zone/peak fare change package for consideration by King County Executive and Council.
King County Council considers zone/peak fare change package
Report back on zone/peak fare change decision, pilot project ideas, opportunities for future public input, and a timeline for short and longer term changes.
We’ve formed an advisory group withwho represent various organizations with a stake in public transit. The membership also reflects the diversity of our various transit users—including young people, older adults, people with disabilities, people with low or no income, commuters, and college and university students.
The group will meet three times, once each in March, April, and May, to help Metro think through the impacts of various fare options and advise us on what we need to do to make transit and ORCA more accessible. (The group serves in an advisory capacity only. It will not make any formal recommendations or decisions.)
Meeting 1: March 2, 1-3:30 PM
- Washington Hall
153 14th Avenue, Seattle
Meeting 2: April 4, 3:30-5:30 PM
King Street Center
DOT Director’s Office Conference Room
201 South Jackson Street, Seattle
Meeting 3: May
- Details to be determined.
- Ezra Basom, Metro Transit bus driver
- Kendle Bjelland, Commute Seattle
- Cliff Cawthon, Rainier Beach Action Coalition
- Hillary Coleman, Seattle-King County Coalition on Homelessness
- Anne Eskridge, University of Washington, Transportation Services
- Manny Flores, Rainier Beach Action Coalition
- Augusta DeVries, Bellevue Downtown Association/TransManage
- Hope Drumond, Alliance of People with disAbilities
- Gail Gustavson, International Community Health Services
- Daniel Heldring, Microsoft
- Kimberly Heymann, Alliance of People with disAbilities
- Jeff Keever, Seattle Central College
- Claire McDaniel, Sound Generations
- Aaron Morrow, King County Transit Advisory Commission
- Daphne Pie, Public Health – Seattle King County
- Janelle Rothfolk, Catholic Community Services of King County
- Hester Serebrin, Transportation Choices Coalition
- Arielle Washington, Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle
- Katie Wilson, Transit Riders Union