University of Washington Commuter Services is proposing a drastic increase in the cost of the ubiquitous U-PASS.
The monthly cost to students would nearly double from $16.67 to $33. For staff, cost would increase from $23.33 to $40/month.
As the U-PASS allows unlimited rides on Metro, Sound Transit, Community Transit, Everett Transit, Pierce Transit, and Kitsap Transit, this is still a tremendous deal. An equivalent PugetPass would cost $171 and not get you anything on Kitsap Transit. Of course, in practice most students and staff don’t take the Sounder all the way from Tacoma (maximum fare of any non-ferry transit trip), and therefore would purchase a cheaper pass. A peak-hour commuter within Seattle would pay $72 for his or her pass, and $80 after the scheduled February 2010 Metro fare increase.
SOV parking passes would also increase from $95 to $120 a month, and the daily maximum in the lots would climb from $12 to $15.
The proposed increase is a result of widespread fare increases, a higher payment to Metro based on ridership, city parking taxes, and an effort to manage demand due to the loss of some campus parking.
There will be a public hearing Wednesday, April 22, from 12:30-2:30pm in Room 310 of the HUB. There is also a web comment form.