Right to Ride! Rally & Action

April 8, 2016

Starting mid-June, social service organizations will be able to distribute these new “combo-tickets” so that riders who rely on tickets can ride the light rail as well as buses.

Saturday, April 16th @ Westlake Park
3:00 PM Community Meal
3:30 PM Rally
4:00 PM Ride the Rail!

** UPDATE ** Metro and Sound Transit have announced their short-term fix! They have also provided us with light rail day passes for our event on Saturday. Join us at Westlake to celebrate! 

Thousands of riders in King County rely on bus tickets from social service agencies. But, these tickets aren’t accepted on Link Light Rail. Especially since the March 26th bus service restructure, these riders are being left with a second-class transit system.

In 2015 the ORCA LIFT program that TRU and others championed brought welcome relief from high fares for low-income riders who can afford $1.50 per ride, or $54 for a monthly pass. But for riders with very low or no income, this is still unaffordable. And it’s these people who are most reliant on public transit – to get to work and job interviews, to school, to medical appointments, and to access basic necessities like shelter and food.

In January, the Transit Riders Union and the Our City Coalition called upon Sound Transit and Metro to find a solution that doesn’t create a two-tier transit system and is affordable for all. Join us on April 16th for a community meal, rally and direct action to turn up the ????HEAT!????

UPDATE: Since we announced this action, Metro and Sound Transit have responded to say that they are working on a solution. Depending on what has been accomplished by April 16th, our Action may become a Celebration… come find out!

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