In addition to the low-income fare program that has been in place in Kitsap Transit since 1985, the new low-income fare program for King County Metro Transit that will take effect March 1, 2015, and the low-income fare that will take effect on Central Link Light Rail on March 1, Seattle Streetcar and King County Ferries are jumping on the low-income fare bandwagon. Per Rochelle Ogershok, King County Department of Transportation spokeswoman:
As of March 1, a low income fare of $1.50 will take effect on both the South Lake Union Street Car and Link Light Rail. These low-income fares will be the same as Metro’s, as will be the reduced fares for Youth and Senior/Disabled riders. The King County Water Taxi will also implement a low income fare as of 3/1/15. The low-income fare will be $3.00 for W. Seattle and $3.75 for Vashon.
Reduced fare program sign-ups have already begun at designated King County Public Health offices for people applying for Affordable Care Act coverage. Reduced fare program sign-ups begin at designated human service agencies January 15, 2015. Applicants must bring proof of identify and income. Reduced fare ORCA cards will be mailed to eligible participants starting February 1, 2015.
Here is what the single-ride fares on all 8 agencies participating in the ORCA PugetPass / multi-agency transfer agreement will be as of March 1, 2015:
|Community Transit||commuter south/Everett||$2.00||$3.00||n/a||$4.00|
|Community Transit||commuter north/east||$2.50||$4.00||n/a||$5.25|
|Everett Transit||commuter (Route 70)||$1.00||$1.50||n/a||$2.00|
|King County Ferries||West Seattle ORCA||$2.00||$3.00||$3.00||$4.00|
|King County Ferries||W. Seattle cash/ticket||$2.00||$4.75||n/a||$4.75|
|King County Ferries||Vashon ORCA||$2.50||$3.75||$3.75||$4.75|
|King County Ferries||Vashon cash/ticket||$2.50||$5.50||n/a||$5.50|
|King County Metro||off-peak||$1.00||$1.50||$1.50||$2.50|
|King County Metro||1-zone peak||$1.00||$1.50||$1.50||$2.75|
|King County Metro||2-zone peak||$1.00||$1.50||$1.50||$3.25|
|Kitsap Transit||foot ferries||$1.00||$1.00||$1.00||$2.00|
|Sound Transit||Tacoma Link||$0.00||$0.00||n/a||$0.00|
|Sound Transit||Link Light Rail minimum||$1.00||$1.50||$1.50||$2.25|
|Sound Transit||Link maximum||$1.00||$1.50||$1.50||$3.00|
|Sound Transit||Sounder minimum||$1.25||$2.00||n/a||$2.75|
|Sound Transit||Sounder maximum||$2.50||$3.75||n/a||$5.25|
|Sound Transit||ST Express 1-county||$0.75||$1.25||n/a||$2.50|
|Sound Transit||ST Express multi-county||$1.50||$2.50||n/a||$3.50|
“RRFP” is the Regional Reduced Fare Permit, for seniors (65+) and riders with disabilities. The youth fare is for ages 6-18. Up to four passengers ages 0-5 can ride free with each paying adult on most services.
Community Transit is considering raising its full adult fares by 25 cents, which would take effect July 1, 2015.
Washington State Ferries also accepts ORCA, but does not accept the PugetPass or inter-agency electronic transfers.
The monorail’s fare system is currently independent, but the City of Seattle (which owns the monorail) is studying the costs and benefits of having the monorail integrate into the ORCA system, and is expected to take action some time in 2015.