County Council cancels planned Metro fee hike for seniors

October 24, 2010

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 11, 2010

The planned 25-cent transit fare increase for senior King County Metro Transit riders has been cancelled.

King County Council members adopted legislation Oct. 11 to scuttle the hike. The measure also started the transition from the Metro senior pass to the regional ORCA card.

The decision held the cost of a bus ride for seniors and disabled passengers at 75 cents. The legislation increased the cost of a monthly pass from $18 to $27, but monthly pass can now be used on any transit system in the region.

ORCA, or One Regional Card for All, includes Metro and transit systems in King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties.

Ridership by seniors and disabled people represents about 9 million of Metro’s 107 million annual trips. The council had approved the 25-cent increase in 2009 to help bridge a Metro budget gap. The increase had been scheduled to take effect in 2011.

“Freezing senior fares and creating a regional senior pass should make riding the bus easier for seniors,” Councilman Larry Phillips said in a statement. “This action keeps senior fares affordable and ends the confusion for seniors who use both local and regional transit services. They will now be able to use one pass whether riding on Metro, Sound Transit, Community Transit or Pierce Transit.”

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