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Tag: Transit and Transportation

Oct.
19th

Sound Transit: Proposed $1 fare for Tacoma Link probably won’t happen after all

The proposed buck stops here — or, it likely will.

A Sound Transit proposal to start charging a $1 per-trip fare on Tacoma Link riders likely won’t happen after all, officials said today.

Sound Transit Chief Executive Joni Earl agreed this morning with a contingent of Pierce County officials on the transit agency’s board of directors that the idea needs more study.

“We raised our concerns that the study (to support the new Link fare) was not deep enough,” Tacoma City Councilman Jake Fey said today. “Joni was of a similar mind. She’s going to recommend the change (for no fare) in the (proposed Sound Transit) budget.”

The idea for the new fare for the 1.6-mile light rail system in Tacoma was among a host of recommendations floated last month as part of Earl’s budget proposal for the regional transit authority, which is now grappling with a widening budget hole amid the tough economy.

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