The increase brings the highest fare to $3.25 for a peak-time ride that crosses Seattle city limits.
Fares increase by 25 cents on King County Metro Transit starting Sunday, the agency’s fifth boost since 2008.
That brings the highest fare to $3.25 for a peak-time ride that crosses Seattle city limits. Fares to ride Sound Transit’s Link light-rail trains are being adjusted slightly, to more closely match Metro bus fares.
However, low-income residents, whose households earn less than double the federal poverty level, can pay a flat $1.50 fare by obtaining the new ORCA LIFT farecard. (Metro’s ceiling is $23,340 for a household of one person, or $47,700 for a family of four.) About 1,000 people have gotten an ORCA LIFT card so far in February, and officials think as many as 45,000 to 100,000 transit users may qualify.
ORCA LIFT is good for a discount on Metro buses, Link trains, the Seattle Streetcar, and the King County Water Taxi.
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For more information and a map of signup locations, click here.
Below is a chart of Metro fare categories and the new rates, which include increases in senior, youth and disabled categories, and a 50-cent increase for Access paratransit.
2015 Fare Changes
|Category||Current Fare||New Fare||Difference|
|Adult 1-zone Peak||$2.50||$2.75||+$0.25|
|Adult 2-zone Peak||$3.00||$3.25||+$0.25|
|ORCA LIFT Reduced Fare*||NA||$1.50|