King County Metro switched Sunday to a new single fare of $2.75 per adult without zone surcharges or peak pricing.
"A simple $2.75 flat fare makes Metro service easier to use and more accessible for hundreds of thousands of riders who depend on us every day,” Metro’s General Manager Rob Gannon said in a statement.
The transit agency made the change after two public surveys showed vast support for a simpler pay structure.
Previously King County Metro fares included several zones for Seattle and the surrounding suburbs as well as morning and evening commute peak pricing. Fares could cost between $2.75 to $3.25 for one adult.
The new fares are as follows:
$2.75 for adults 19 to 64 years old
$1.50 for youth 6 to 18 years old
Children 5 years old and under ride free
$1.50 for ORCA Lift reduced fare passengers
$1 for seniors 65 years old and older or people with disabilities
$1.75 for Access Transportation
About 65 percent of Metro passengers will not see a change in the amount the pay or will pay 50 cents less under the new plan, according to King County Metro.
King County Council passed a measure in November approving the new fare structure.