Higher Metro bus fare now in effect

Bus commuters, if today is your first day back to work since ringing in the new year, your bus ride will cost you 25 cents more. Starting January 1, Metro raised fares on adult peak and off-peak bus service as well as senior and disabled fares. Here’s information on current rates.

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Idle Activist
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Idle Activist

Let's see, $2.25 to take twice as long to get downtown, sit with lonely middle aged women talking about their cats and latest medical problems, and bums using the free ride zone downtown as a doper's get-about-bus?

No thanks.

Name
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Name

So, if someone needs to go from Ballard to Sea Tac, then over to Bellevue and back to Ballard, that will be how much?

Metro 2.25 to DT
Light Rail to airport 2.75
ST to Bellevue 2,.50

then, back to ballard
St to DT 2.50
Metro to ballard 2.75

total: 12.75

dij
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dij

What a ripoff.

Why is the state's minimum wage staying at $8.50/hr., yet the bus fare continues to increase?

A normal 9-5 worker who takes the bus to work everyday will spend over $1000/yr. on bus fare.

Idle Activist
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Idle Activist

So you want someone else to pay your fare?

Christine
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Christine

Could be just me, but their link does not work.

ballardissmallilikeanonymity
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ballardissmallilikeanonymity

Underreported irony here: Sound Transit's fares have NOT risen, proving once again that the amount you pay and the quality of service you receive are not necessarily linked.

The light rail, in addition to being infinitely cleaner, faster, and more pleasant than Metro, is now CHEAPER THAN METRO AT ALL TIMES as far as Beacon Hill and CHEAPER AT RUSH HOUR for the entire length of the line.

Note that ORCA can still be used for transfers between all systems. So you're unlikely to pay more than $5 for the above trip ($2.50 if you somehow accomplish it in 2 hours or less).

dij
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dij

Yes – my work!

NoraBell
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NoraBell

I don't think it's the Swedes. Links suck on the new King County site. I run into quite a few error messages since Metro was consolidated onto a general King County web page. To see the new fare click on the link again, go 'home' to 'transportation' to 'fares.'

NoraBell
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NoraBell

Yup. And it'll still take just as long to get there. Your bus riding min wager (and I don't know many who aren't) will have to still be up and out at the crack of dawn and barely back home by prime time.
Metro keeps raising the rate for budgetary reasons but they do little to ensure those that don't have to ride the bus will want to ride the bus.

Alysse
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Alysse

It is still a bargain compared with the cost of a car to do the same commute (consider petrol, maintenance, insurance, licensing, parking). There is also the cost to society of maintaining the roadways which is not entirely bourne by petrol taxes.

I ride the bus to and from my job near the UW, so the price increase hurts, but it is still cheaper than driving to and from each day. When we got rid of our car in September, we thought we would miss it a lot. So far only a little.

Alysse
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Alysse

This “should” work for current fare info:
http://metro.kingcounty.gov/tops/bus/fare/fare-

Herder
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Herder

With all due respect I disagree with you Alysse; $4.50 to get to and from work is not cheaper than taking your car, unless you pay to park. A gallon of gas is $2.75 and will get you to town and back cheaper than the bus including car insurance!

How can we entice people to use public transport when it costs more than driving their own car? Why stand and wait for a bus that is either early or late when you can sit in your own car, in traffic, and be home faster than a crowded bus you have stand on – after it arrives?

Personally I cycle a bike.

squeakywheel
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squeakywheel

I just wish I could buy an Orca card where I used to buy bus passes. There is not one single place in North Seattle or Shoreline to get one. And for a youth pass, I have to have my kid with me and proof of age or mail it in. So I got my kid a roll of quarters instead for now.

Juliana
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Juliana

Check inflation rates — as far as I can tell, the bus still costs less these days in real dollars than back when the fare was fifty cents.

SPG
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SPG

Sure, that's a reality sometimes, and I mostly drive where I need to go, but consider the flipside:
Spend thousands on a car.
Spend more thousands on insurance.
Buy gas.
Pay for repairs.
Pay more than $2.25 to park anywhere downtown.

Yes please!

ballardissmallilikeanonymity
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ballardissmallilikeanonymity

I don't have many positive things to say about Metro, but I've had pretty positive experiences with the ORCA system. And once the majority of people are using it rather than cash, I truly expect to see some improvement in travel times (frankly, I think paper transfers should be eliminated altogether and the ORCA fare should be discounted to encourage usage).

Get your ORCA online. It's really quite easy and expedient, and remains completely free through this month. I don't know if there's any way to do this for the youth pass, though.

ballardissmallilikeanonymity
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ballardissmallilikeanonymity

Ethel, when I moved to Seattle just over 3 years ago, fares were 75 cents cheaper — $1.25 off-peak (37.5% less) and $1.50 peak (33.3% less). I'm pretty certain there hasn't been 37.5% inflation in the last 3 years!!

(BTW, a Seattle P-I article from 2006 that I just pulled up said that Ron Sims planned to space out a 75-cent increase over 10 years. Huge difference from 3 years.)

Juliana
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Juliana

I am not saying the fares have tracked inflation directly (they've stagnated and then jumped a bunch), but over the long haul, I do believe it costs less to take the bus today than it did decades ago.

NoraBell
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NoraBell

So Bartells isn't selling the Orca passes? I was kinda counting on that.

Idle Activist
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Idle Activist

Well, I guess those expenses aren't that high for me, plus the 1 1/2 hrs extra I get to spend every day with my kids and family are worth every penny.

Alysse
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Alysse

Herder,

You are not including all the costs of driving to work (insurance, maintenance, and other things too). When we gave up our car, we actually saw what it was costing us. I work in the U district, so I would have to pay to park. I walk to the 48 bus 4 blocks on 85th. When I drove to work, it took about the same amount of time as driving, by the time I got to the parking lot, walked to work, it was maybe 5 minutes less by car. But I can read on the bus and if I were so disposed I could text on a cell phone.

SPG
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SPG

Yeah, it's all relative of course, and I don't take the bus that much nor do I regularly commute since I have a home office. It's just that you can't really just compare metro vs car on the price of gas alone. Cars are expensive transport when you factor in all the real costs and outrageously expensive when you factor in the greater costs like roads, accidents, and wars for oil.
You make a decent point about the experience of riding metro and the opportunity costs for your time, but like they say…your mileage may vary.

SPG
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SPG

Personally I work from home and then on different locations that typically aren't accessible by Metro.
I used to work at a place that had a couple of parking spots and when they lost the spots I have to admit it was a small contributing factor to me leaving that company. I've also lived in NYC where a car is nothing but a liability. A good transit system can beat a car in terms of speed, comfort, cost, in a lot of places around the world, but we're just not there yet in Seattle. Metro beats the car in terms of real cost, but falls short in many of the other criteria. Seattle isn't yet the city that you can live in easily without a car for all the neighborhoods, but if you choose where you live wisely you can do it and eliminate the hassles of car ownership. Of course you trade some of that for the hassles of Metro, but depending on your lifestyle it can be done.

Mike G
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Mike G

Oh my… you want your employer to pay you to not only work, but also to show up at work? Wow.

Mike G
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Mike G

If I drive to work, from North Beach to Downtown, the trip takes ~30 min during rush hour and I have to pay $11 to park (if I get in by 9:00 am). If I ride the bus, the trip is ~45 min (35 if express) and the round trip is $4.50. Financially, the decision is simple.

Timewise, it's worth the extra 30 min because I can read, listen to my iPod, etc. If I need to hop off to pick up groceries for dinner, I get a transfer.