While other potential changes for Metro next year aren’t yet finalized, two things are certain – a reduced fare for low-income riders will take effect on the same day as a 25-cent general fare increase. Today, King County Executive Dow Constantine announced how it’ll work, based on recommendations from a task force:
*The reduced fare will take effect March 1, 2015, and will be $1.50 a ride.
*Riders who qualify must use an ORCA card and cannot pay with cash. No fee will be charged for a new card or renewal. A $5 fee will be charged to replace a lost or stolen card.
*The eligibility threshold for a person to qualify for the low-income fare is 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level, currently $23,340 for an individual.
*Eligibility must be re-verified every other year. The low-income fare will expire 24 months after the card is issued.
*After expiration, it can be used as a regular adult fare card.
*The low-income fare will be limited to one card per person. Each card must be registered in the ORCA system to an eligible adult.
You can read the full announcement here.