Social Welfare

The rider pictured is a middle-aged Black woman.

Sound Transit Board Passes Fare Reform Easing Nonpayment Penalties

Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell voted against taking fare violations out of the court system, blocking that amendment, and against taking fines out of collections,...
A for rent sign in front of flowers.

A Permanent Rental Assistance Program Would Prevent Homelessness in Seattle

Barry (not his real name) can afford to pay about $200 a month for his small apartment. His rent is $800. He’s disabled and...

Transpo Notes: Lynnwood Link Bus Restructure, Next-Gen Orca Cards, Concrete Worker Strike

This week’s Transpo Notes highlights include: future ORCA card capabilities, Sound Transit fare collection challenges and fare engagement future, concrete workers' strike still delaying...
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Toilet Deserts Remain Despite Sound Transit’s Renewed Restroom Policy

More passenger restrooms are ahead in Sound Transit's ever-growing system. However, a recommended policy update would discourage them from becoming a universal and easily...

Sunday Video: Vienna’s Radical Idea? Affordable Housing For All

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41VJudBdYXY Bloomberg Quicktake/CityLab explores how Vienna is tackling affordable housing for all in the city. Mike Eliason, syndicated columnist of The Urbanist, offers his perspective...
A view of a growing Downtown Bellevue from the city's central park.

King County Sets 2044 Growth Targets with Seattle and Bellevue at the Top

The future of jobs and housing growth in King County has been set. In late June, an obscure regional body known as the Growth...

State Ferry Fare Hikes Ahead, Preferred Alternative Discourages Walk-On Ridership

Fare hikes are on the way for state ferry riders. Prices could rise 2.5% in October of this year and then be followed by...
School crossing guards are a low paid, but essential position. Seattle Public Schools has struggled to recruit and train school crossing guards in recent years. (Credit: Nicholas Pilch)

Council Takes Initial Steps to Fix Childcare in Seattle

Of all the unexpected systems that the pandemic has laid bare, the crisis has shown childcare to be uniquely scattered and broken. By closing...