Metro to charge a flat $2.75 adult fare starting in July 2018
Our current fare structure for regular adult riders is complex. We charge more for travel during weekday peak commute hours, and for trips that cross zone boundaries during those same hours. This can confuse riders, slow down boarding, and lead to fare disputes that can delay buses or jeopardize driver safety.
So we’re exploring ways to simplify our regular adult fare structure and make it more consistent with those of other agencies.
During Phase 1 of our fare project, in spring 2017, we heard from thousands of people through online surveys and direct outreach. A strong majority told us they’d prefer a $2.75 flat fare with no zone or peak surcharges. (Learn more below)
King County Executive Dow Constantine proposed a fare revision reflecting this preference, and it was approved unanimously by the King County Council in November 2017. The fare revision will go into effect in July 2018. For about two-thirds of our riders, this will mean paying either the same as or 50 cents less than they do now. No changes are being made to youth, senior, ORCA LIFT, or Access fares or fares for riders with disabilities.
Other recommendations that came out of this process will shape Metro’s work during Phase 2 of our fare project.
- We’ve already increased the funds available to provide human service agencies with fare tickets for their clients with no or low incomes in 2018.
- We’ll work with regional partners to eliminate ORCA card fees for seniors and people with disabilities who qualify for the Regional Reduced Fare Permit.
- We’ll also look for ways to continue increasing affordability, speed up passenger boarding, and increase safety for bus drivers and riders.
Have a say
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 Executive transmits proposed zone/peak fare change package to King County Council.
Report back on zone/peak fare change recommendation and next steps.
King County Council adopts zone/peak fare change package.
Phase 2 public outreach begins to gather input as Metro develops proposals to make fares more affordable, speed boarding, and increase safety for operators and passengers.
Regular adult fares change to a flat $2.75, with no peak or zone surcharges. (No changes will be made to youth, senior, ORCA LIFT, or Access fares or fares for riders with disabilities.)