Update on Sound Transit Fare Enforcement

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Yesterday, the Sound Transit Board approved new fare enforcement policies that create loopholes allowing ill-intentioned riders to evade paying their fare without any consequences. Before the vote, I voiced my opposition in a letter, urging them to reject the proposal to neglect fare collections.  

By removing the role of law enforcement, there are no longer mechanisms in place to identify or track chronic fare evaders. In addition, riders can no longer be suspended from Sound Transit.

This inability to collect fares damages Sound Transit’s financial viability. Currently, fares collected from riders are covering only 5% of operating costs, a mere fraction of their 40% farebox recovery goal. Sound Transit simply cannot afford to send a message that non-payment is acceptable. Ultimately, this policy punishes honest riders and taxpayers by making them bear the burden of these ever-mounting costs.

I am deeply disappointed that the Sound Transit Board has acted to reduce fare enforcement and will continue to push for policies that are fiscally responsible here at King County.


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Reagan Dunn
King County Councilmember
District 9