Lower fares for seniors, disabled riders on Sound Transit begin with new year

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In-county riders on ST buses, Link light rail pay flat .75 starting Jan. 1, 2011

Starting Jan. 1, senior and disabled riders on Sound Transit buses and light rail trains will pay the same $.75 flat fare for in-county bus and light rail trips.

Currently, Regional Reduced Fare Permit holders pay $0.75 for one-zone and $1.25 for two-zone ST Express bus rides, and $0.75 through $1.25 per trip on Link light rail trains. When new fares take effect at the beginning of the year, senior and disabled riders will pay a flat rate of $0.75 for one- and two-zone ST Express bus and all light rail trips.

Sound Transit is changing its regional reduced fares to match King County Metro Transit fare changes that will also take effect Jan. 1.

Fares for Sounder commuter rail and adult, youth, and inter-county reduced fare riders on Central Link and ST Express buses will remain unchanged.

A comparison of Sound Transit fare changes is provided below.

 

Sound Transit Fares until December 31, 2010

 

Adult
19 – 64 years old

Youth
6 – 18 years old

Reduced Fare*
Senior and disabled riders

ST Express

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One-zone

$2.00

$1.00

$0.75

Two-zone

$2.50

$1.75

$1.25

Inter-county

$3.00

$2.50

$1.50

Sounder

$2.75 - $4.75

$2.00 – $3.50

$1.25 - $2.25

Central Link

$1.75 - $2.50

$1.25 - $2.00

$0.75 - $1.25

Tacoma Link

Free

Free

Free

*Requires a Regional Reduced Fare Permit or Medicare card

 

Sound Transit Fares starting January 1, 2011

 

Adult
19 – 64 years old

Youth
6 – 18 years old

Reduced Fare*
Senior and disabled riders

ST Express

 

 

 

One-zone

$2.00

$1.00

$0.75

Two-zone

$2.50

$1.75

$0.75

Inter-county

$3.00

$2.50

$1.50

Sounder

$2.75 - $4.75

$2.00 - $3.50

$1.25 – $2.25

Central Link

$1.75 - $2.50

$1.25 - $2.00

$0.75

Tacoma Link

Free

Free

Free

*Requires a Regional Reduced Fare Permit or Medicare card

 

The region's ORCA smart card system is a convenient way for senior and disabled riders to take advantage of the upcoming reduced and simplified fares. Riders who usually travel within a single county can load their ORCA card with a regional monthly pass good for $0.75 rides. Additional fares for trips across county lines can also be paid with dollar values loaded on the ORCA card's E-purse. Senior and disabled riders can obtain an ORCA card equipped with a Regional Reduced Fare Permit by going to http://www.orcacard.com or calling 1-888-988-6722, TTY Relay 711 or 888-889-6368 for eligibility requirements.