Social Welfare

Transpo Notes: Zero Youth Fares Begin, Fare Ambassador Program Expanded, and Equitable TOD

This Transpo Notes roundup touches on a mix of transit stories, including: Zero youth fares and ORCA Lift fare reduction begin;ORCA card readers are getting...

Midweek Video: Planning for Aging Communities

Planning for aging communities is increasingly important. Vox visits Weesp, a small city in The Netherlands, to understand how the "dementia village" model works...

Zero Youth Fares Approved For King County Metro And Sound Transit Just In Time...

This week, more zero youth fare programs got approval in Puget Sound. Add King County Metro and Sound Transit to the list where youth...

Sunday Video: The Neighborhood Between The Lines

In Chinatown-International District, policymakers face big decisions on how and where to locate Ballard and West Seattle light rail expansion. Community members highlight, in...
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,...
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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...