Seattle public transit systems have become a vital part of the city’s economy and its residents.
But they’re also struggling to meet ridership goals.
To make matters worse, the region’s population is aging, and new construction is a major driver of ridership growth.
Here’s what you need to know to get your public transportation to work.
What are the transit systems?
Transit is a network of buses, trains, and other vehicles that serve the Seattle region.
The public transit system is comprised of the region-wide rail system, the bus system, light rail, and commuter rail.
The transit system also includes the bus rapid transit system and regional bus network.
Each system provides an array of services, including public transportation.
The Seattle Metropolitan Transit Authority, the regional transit authority, oversees transit services in the region.
You can find out more about the transit system at www.seattle.gov/transit.
What’s the difference between transit and the local bus system?
Transit and local bus service are separate, though they’re both part of a larger system of regional transportation.
When the regional rail system and light rail system are built, each system must provide a service to the other, but each system also provides a variety of service for customers.
The local bus systems are generally bus-only, and transit is usually provided on-demand.
Some of the regional bus systems have separate bus lines.
For example, the Rapid Transit Line is an off-peak bus service between Downtown and University City.
In addition to its bus service, the Regional Bus System provides off-street parking for buses, and it has dedicated lanes for on-street transit.
What is the cost of public transportation?
Seattle Public Transit charges riders for their rides.
For instance, the $2.50-per-hour fee charged to most customers is a flat fee based on the number of riders, not the cost per rider.
A single ride costs $2 or $2,500.
This is the fare structure Seattle Public Transportation uses to help cover the cost.
The bus drivers in Seattle’s public transportation network pay their fares, and the cost is passed along to the drivers in the bus fleet, who also earn a percentage of the fares.
In some cases, the fare also goes toward the operating costs of the system.
The cost of the fare varies by fare type.
For rides with multiple fares, riders pay separately at the fare vending machine or in cash.
For the $4.50 fare, for example, a single ride can cost as little as $2 with a single transaction.
This fee also varies by mode of travel.
For most rides, a bus rider will pay the full fare plus the “surplus” fare, or the portion of the cost that the system is charging the driver.
For more information on the pricing of transit fares, check out the Seattle Public Service website.
What happens when you ride your public transit bus?
If you want to get to a specific destination, you’ll need to book your bus.
You’ll also need to check out your bus schedule online to see which routes will be available on that day.
If you’re planning on driving to the same destination later, you can find that information by clicking on the map on the right.
When you arrive at your destination, the route you plan on taking may have different fares.
You may need to pay more than the scheduled fare to get on the route.
If a ride is cancelled or the bus stops at a certain location, you may be asked to pay additional fare to access that location.
You will also need a parking pass to enter the bus.
If the vehicle is not at the end of its scheduled service, you might be asked for a parking permit.
To pay for your ride, you must sign in at the bus stop.
You must also show proof of payment to verify the fare you paid.
How much is my ride?
You’ll pay a flat fare at the stop, which is typically $2 for a single trip, or $3 for multiple trips.
You also will pay a surcharge of $2 per person per ride.
A rider may not pay more to get a ride than the cost to get off the bus, unless they have been paying a parking fee.
A $2 parking pass is not valid for on street parking.
If your ride is canceled or the ride is delayed, you will have to pay a $2 fee to get back on the bus if you are still on the same route.
What if I can’t afford to pay my fare?
If the fare is too expensive, you are free to pay cash.
However, if the fare has a “discount” applied to it, that means you can pay $1.00 more for a ride.
The discount is based on a combination of factors, including your age and the time of year.
The maximum discount for a