The Sound Transit Board today approved fare changes for ST Express bus and Link light rail services.
The increase will occur in two phases, with one set of changes effective June 1, and another in June 2011. ST Express bus fares have increased only once, in 2005, during the 11 years the service has operated.
Under the new structure, by 2011 there will be only two different fare levels, one for trips within the same county, and one for inter-county trips.
The June 2011 $0.25 increase in Link light rail fare for adults will enable Sound Transit to generate the revenue needed to cover a larger portion of operating expenses while allowing for the flattening of Link light rail fares for youth and seniors.
2010 ST Express changes — All trips that cross a county line will be considered an inter-county trip equivalent to the current three zone fare. ST Express fares for some adult trips will increase by up to $0.50 in 2010, while fares for other trips will remain unchanged. There will be no changes for youth fares in 2010, with the exception that the current two-zone youth fare of $1.75 will change to $2.50 if the trip crosses a county line. Two- and three-zone senior and disabled fares will not change in 2010, except the current two-zone senior fare of $1.25 will change to $1.50 if the trip crosses a county line; one-zone trips will go up by $0.25.
2011 ST Express changes — Zone boundaries within King County will be eliminated. Adult fares will go up by $0.50 in June 2011, with the exception that there will be no fare change for trips that are currently two zones trips within one county. Adult fares under the simplified structure will be $2.50 for all in-county service; $3.50 for all inter-county service. For youths, two-zone fares will decrease by $0.50, while inter-county youth fares will not change and one-zone fares will go up $0.25. Youth fares under the simplified structure will be $1.25 for in-county service; $2.50 for inter-county service. For seniors and persons with disabilities, fares for trips currently classified as two zones will decrease by $0.50, while fares for all other trips will remain unchanged. Fares under the simplified structure will be $0.75 for in-county service;
$1.50 for inter-county service.
Details on all of the fare changes can be found at http://www.soundtransit.org/farechanges .