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The free ride is over for Tacoma Link. The Sound Transit Board of Directors on Thursday approved a $1 fare to ride Tacoma Link starting in September 2014.

That fare will increase to $1.50 in September 2016. Youth riders will pay a fare of $ 0.75; senior and disabled riders will pay $0.50 to ride in 2014 and then $0.75 in 2016.

Tacoma Link is currently the only free transit service in the Puget Sound region. Sound Transit allowed the fare-free service when the cost of collecting fares exceeded the potential revenue. That policy has changed now that annual ridership has climbed to one million the past 10 years.

To reduce the impact on low-income riders, Sound Transit will make discounted transit tickets and passes available to human services agencies in Pierce County.

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