An estimated 10,000 people will receive the black farecards at an estimated cost to taxpayers of $2.2 million per year, city staff said.
Mayor Bruce Harrell, Seattle Department of Transportation Director Greg Spotts, and SHA Executive Director Rod Brandon announced the new service Tuesday at the Hinoki Apartments along Yesler Way. It expands on a city pilot project serving 2,000 SHA residents.
Others already were using the regional ORCALift card, which allows trips for $1. For people on fixed incomes, who must count every dollar, zero-fare rides “give people more flexibility in their day,” Brandon said.