Exit133 is about Tacoma
Tacoma Link Fare Proposal
We asked recently how much you would pay to ride the Link through downtown Tacoma. Now Sound Transit is asking you the same question.
Sound Transit is considering charging fares to ride Tacoma Link. If approved by the Sound Transit Board, an adult fare could range from $1 to $2, with lower rates for children, seniors and people with disabilities.
The Tacoma Link is Sound Transit's only free ride service, but that 10-year free ride looks like it will be coming to an end. Free fares are allowed on Sound Transit services when the cost of fare collection is determined to outweigh the probable revenue. That made sense originally, but with about one million rides a year, the transit agency is reassessing the situation.
Sound Transit will host an open house and take comments at a public hearing next Thursday, September 19. Public comments may also be submitted submitted in writing through September 19. Details at soundtransit.org.
The Sound Transit board is expected to take up the question later this month. If they decide a fare is in order, collection would begin mid-2014 at the earliest.
If it's feasible to charge a fare for the Link, does that mean downtown Tacoma has arrived as an urban center? And where do we go next?
Do you want to help the folks at Exit133 pay our bills and keep up with of all things Tacoma? Do you want to see even more coverage? Exit133 has always been free to read and comment, and it will stay that way. However, over the years, readers have contributed to the bank account to help us keep up our coverage of goings-on around town. Contribute and this message disappears!Support Exit133