ST considering more changes to fares, fare enforcement

At its October 22 meeting, the Sound Transit Board heard proposals to reduce concession fares for Sounder and reduce the law enforcement footprint in fare enforcement. In community discussions about fare enforcement, ST has heard four main things: fares are confusing; the law enforcement character of enforcement causes “discomfort;” fares are a hardship for some; …

ST suspends fare enforcement another year

In addition to formally approving lower concession fares for Sounder, last week the Sound Transit board approved a fare enforcement pilot which would replace fare enforcement security contractors with Sound Transit staff “fare ambassadors” with different uniforms and an emphasis on rider education and de-escalation. As part of the pilot, there will be no citations …

Sound Transit presents initial fare enforcement report

Link’s 2009 opening inaugurated the proof-of-payment system and introduced the Puget Sound to the concept of the Fare Enforcement Officer.  Over the last decade, as POP and FEOs have expanded to RapidRide and Link’s ridership has exploded, FEOs have come under much scrutiny. Following King County Metro’s 2018 examination of fare policy, Sound Transit has …

Sound Transit set to adopt low income fare program, update enforcement policies

This afternoon, the Sound Transit Board will consider participating in King County’s program to offer free transit passes to participants of several state benefit programs that are income-based. King County intends to eventually expand the program to all households with income below 80% of the federal poverty level. At the same meeting, the Board is …

How transit agencies are reforming fare enforcement (Part 3 of 3)

This post is part two of a three post series on fare enforcement on Seattle area transit. Links: Part One, Part Two After the release of the King County Auditor’s report, Metro revised its fare enforcement policies over the summer. Elected officials, including Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, have asked Sound Transit to consider similar changes. …

Fare enforcement brings policing onto transit (Part 2 of 3)

This post is part two of a three post series on fare enforcement on Seattle area transit. Links: Part One, Part Three Fare enforcement is a step removed from policing, and so it can brush against the twin controversies of American policing: racial bias and use of force. In one 2017 incident, rider Devin Glaser …

Sound Transit Board plays hooky, plans to study fare enforcement

Thursday’s Sound Transit Board meeting didn’t have any Earth-shattering news, but it did feel a lot like summer school. Agency staff presented some updates on ongoing projects, but the board didn’t do much: too many elected officials cut class to move along the day’s most substantial agenda item. Fare enforcement Metro rolled out a new …

Sound Transit begins new fare ambassador pilot

Sound Transit: The Fare Ambassador Pilot Program grew out of passenger feedback and community engagement that expressed discomfort with fare enforcement officers who resemble law enforcement. In response, Fare Ambassadors wear bright yellow caps, and carry yellow messenger bags that make them easy to recognize. Their focus is on passenger education and customer service rather …

Podcast #91: Now more than ever

Special guest Alex Hudson, Executive Director of Transportation Choices Coalition Federal funding & Covid-19 response County ballot measure is…dead? (13:23) Legislative update (21:19) Fare enforcement (26:57) Eastside restructure (33:02) West Seattle bridge (38:34) Download

Podcast #89: Stay on Sound Transit

More Connect 2020 gripes University St naming (5:33) Fare enforcement (8:55) MVET bill (29:20) SDOT capital projects (34:50) North link restructure (46:58) Note: when we recorded this last week, I-976 had just been upheld by a local court; the upper court has since temporarily sided with Sound Transit. Download link

Metro budget cuts RapidRide expansions

Yesterday, King County Executive Dow Constantine transmitted the proposed Metro budget for 2021-2022. The budget eliminates several planned RapidRide expansions. Metro will dig into reserves to fund service, and will defer a planned increase in fares. The budget also funds a significant expansion of the electric battery bus fleet. The depletion of reserves sets Metro …