Metro defends transit incentive program

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by LINDA BRILL / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on October 16, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 9 at 3:05 PM

Metro plans to review the response rate to its Transit Incentive Program and look at how to increase its visibility.
 
It's a program that gives incentives for people to ride buses or donate free Metro tickets to the poor.
 
When drivers renew their car tabs, they receive a coupon for eight free Metro tickets. They have a choice of keeping the tickets or donating them.
 
"I'm really interested in making it much easier for people to donate those tickets," said King County Council member Julie Patterson. "Maybe the tickets should automatically go to the poor unless you check a box that says no, I want to keep them."
 
Metro says drivers are responding to the program by donating nearly 50,000 bus tickets to the poor since June.

Metro is hoping the program becomes more visible.
 
On Monday, the council voted for $250,000 in additional funds for discount tickets for the poor.

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