SEATTLE, WA — Sound Transit will restart fare collection on all trains June 1, but riders can catch a ride at a reduced price until July, the transit agency announced Monday. Fare requirements were suspended on all buses and trains on March 20.
"Recovery Fares" priced at $1 for the Seattle's Link light rail and $2 for Sounder trains will be available to all riders through June 30. ST Express buses will continue to operate without fares, to encourage rear-door boarding.
According to Sound Transit, the reduced price fares will be available only at ticket vending machines or via the Transit GO app. ORCA cards will be charged the full price, but may also be used for transfers.
All transit workers will continue to wear masks, and face coverings are required for passengers under public health guidance. Travel should be limited only to essential trips.
According to the latest mobility data from the Washington State Department of Transportation, overall transit use remains about 55 percent lower than the same time last year.
In anticipation of increased ridership in the weeks ahead, next month's changes will also include more trips on the light rail, with trains running every 20 minutes on weekdays. The Link will continue to run every 30 minutes during evenings and weekends.
Sounder train service will remain reduced for the time being, with south line service at seven daily round trips, and north line service at two daily round trips, Sound Transit said.
In Pierce County, several ST Express bus routes operated by Pierce Transit will return to full service by Monday, May 24:
- Routes 560, 574, 577, and 594 will return to full weekday service
- Route 578 will return to full weekday service, along with additional trips during the p.m. peak to account for reduced Sounder South service
- Routes 566, 586, 590, and 592 will return to most weekday service
- Route 595 will return to some weekday service
- Routes 580 and 596 will have service correspond to the reduced Sounder Schedule
- Routes 544 and 567 remain temporarily canceled