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$1 Fare to Ride the Link
You've got one more year of free rides on Tacoma's Link light rail, and then it's going to start costing you. One dollar. That's the price of a fare approved yesterday by Sound Transit's board.
Sound Transit will begin charging riders of the 1.6 existing miles of Link tracks the $1 fare in September 2014. In September of 2016 the price will climb to $1.50.
Discounted rates will be available for youth and disabled and senior riders, who will pay $0.75 and $0.50, respectively, and discounted transit passes will be available to agencies serving low-income populations. Kids under five will ride for free.
Riders will be able to pay the fare using ORCA cards or by buying a pass or ticket at vending machines.
Mayor Strickland would have liked the fare to stay at $1 until the Link is expanded up to Stadium and MLK, but there's no timeline for that. It's no surprise that Link ridership, which was over one million last year, is expected to drop off with the implementation of fares, and the phased in approach is meant to ease riders in to paying for what they've been used to getting for free.
Any predictions on how this is going to work out?
Read more over at the TNT.
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