King County Metro’s 25-cent fare increase request, to go into effect October 1, has been retracted. However, the P-I’s Gregory Roberts reports that all the side commentary indicates that that’s only because there’s a bigger one in the works.
Sims announced a month ago that Metro would seek a 25-cent fare increase Oct. 1 to soften the impact of rising bus fuel prices, which threw the agency’s budget projections $14 million into the red for this year and $22 million for next year.
But the new sales tax forecasts mean that the problem is worse and requires a more potent solution quickly, he said.
That could bring a proposal for a bigger fare increase, officials said, without specifying how much bigger. And although Sims said last month that service would not be cut to save money, he said Friday that all options were up for consideration.
To take a page from my usual opponents, in principle I don’t have a problem with paying something closer to the actual costs of moving myself around. Since Executive Sims has utterly failed to find a sponsor in Olympia, fare increases are a superior option to cutting service.
A $2.25 PugetPass costs $81 a month. That would be a 50-cent increase in the Peak one-zone fare. Prepare your budgets.