AN ORDINANCE relating to public transportation; revising rates of fare; amending Ordinance 13480, Section 2, as amended, and K.C.C. 28.94.015, recodifying K.C.C. 28.94.015 and adding a new chapter to K.C.C. Title 4.
STATEMENT OF FACTS
1. The rollout of the smart card system for regional fare payment, One Regional Card for All, also known as ORCA, and start of operations of Sound Transit's Link light rail service have resulted in fare coordination issues for customers of public transportation in the region.
2. The Metro transit division 2010-11 budget includes a proviso, in the 2010 Budget Ordinance, Ordinance 16717, Section 131, Proviso P6, which calls for the undertaking of a fare coordination effort with Sound Transit and other regional transit agencies.
3. Staff from the regional transit agencies assembled information on existing and proposed transit fares and identified opportunities for further regional coordination. The general managers of the transit agencies participating in ORCA met in March 2010 to discuss regional fare coordination. To simplify fare payment throughout the region, the general managers recommended the elimination of passes and fares valid on only one agency.
4. In April 2010, Sound Transit, in coordination with King County Metro and the other transit agencies, adopted fare changes to be implemented in 2010 and 2011 that will simplify fare payment for Sound Transit's riders within each county, and that provide King County Metro opportunities to align fares with Sound Transit to further simplify fare payment for transit riders in King County.
5. The changes proposed in this ordinance would eliminate King County Metro-only passes and fares and align fares on bus and light-rail service for seniors and riders with disabilities throughout King County.
6. Fee sections are generally being codified in K.C.C. Title 4, and this ordinance reflects a recodification to that effect.
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