King County Metro Transit offers tickets to homeless riders
October 23, 2012
King County Metro Transit is poised to offer more than 41,000 additional subsidized bus tickets to community service groups.
Officials said the human services bus ticket program offers critical support for homeless people by providing a means to get to jobs, medical appointments, shelters and other services.
Funding for the program came in a mass transit package approved last year by the King County Council. The package imposed a $20 vehicle-tab fee to forestall a 17-percent reduction to mass transit countywide.
The funding for subsidized tickets augments the $1.8 million Metro Transit already contributes each year for discounted tickets.
The incentive program enables each King County household registering a vehicle to either receive eight Metro free ride tickets or donate the tickets’ value to the Human Services Reduced Fare Bus Ticket Program.