Lena Chan Leprozo takes the bus every day from Northgate to the International District. She commutes to the Senior Center at the Bush Hotel on Jackson. This 80+ senior relies on her bus ride every day, and because of the Regional Reduced Fare Permit (RRFP program), the cost is reduced and the process is simplified.
Along with the established Reduced Fare Permit program, those who rely on transit should know that as of this spring, King County Metro introduced a new discount program that many readers might not be aware of, and perhaps be qualified for, even if you aren’t a senior. The new “Orca Lift” program is alongside the long-established RRFP which seniors should be aware of and utilize.
The new Lift program offers a reduced transit fare. With the ORCA LIFT card, income-qualified riders can save up to 50 percent or more on Metro Transit buses, Kitsap Transit buses, Sound Transit Link light rail, King County Water Taxi, and the new Seattle streetcars.
One of the most convenient aspects of the new program is the re-application process only has to happen every two years, unlike other programs in cities where you have to re-apply yearly or even monthly. This saves a lot of time and frustration for those who don’t have the time or means to re-apply so frequently.
The process is simple, but there are some requirements and documentation needed for the Lift discount:
If you are a household of one, your maximum income needs to be less than $23,450. If you are a household of six, income cannot exceed $65,140. For more details and guidelines, see website link below.
There are some required documents, but if you have proof or age and need, the program intends to help you.
Public Health has been an amazing supporter of the program. In fact, their outreach helps with notifying those who receive public health about eligibility for the transportation discount.
If you qualify, you should apply for the discount. (end)
For more information, visit http://metro.kingcounty.gov/programs-projects/orca-lift/ or http://metro.kingcounty.gov/tops/accessible/reduced-fare-permits.html.