TACOMA, Wash. - Free rides on board Sound Transit's Tacoma Link could soon be a thing of the past. Sound Transit is considering charging a fare to generate money and off-set operating costs.
On September 26, Sound Transit board members are expected to vote whether to charge anywhere between $1 and $2 for adults and a lower fare for kids and seniors and people with disabilities.
"I ain't about to pay no $1 and if you give them $1, then they'll want $2 then $3, especially when they add that other link it's going to go up," said a disable rider, Jimmy Melton.
"I think it's great. It's lovely that it's free. I'd be more than happy to pay,” said rider Carlain Lucas.
The 1.6 mile light rail trolley goes back and forth between the Tacoma Dome to the Theater District in downtown Tacoma with several stops in between.
Its primary function has been to transport commuters between parking garages, transit hubs and the downtown core.
Over the decade, the Tacoma Link has grown in popularity with about 1 million people ride the trolley a year, plus plans to expand the route.