The Everett Herald is reporting that a trip from Everett to Sea-Tac on Sound Transit’s light rail costs only $3.50 (plus $2.50 on the bus), but nothing could be further from the truth. The train currently runs from Northgate to Sea-Tac with a bus connection to Everett for the uncompleted section of the line.

The true cost of the trip taken by the Jordan Hansen, a Herald reporter, is heavily subsidized by the taxpayers of Pierce, King and Snohomish counties.

The residents in Sound Transit’s taxing district pay an average of $179 each way (or $358 for a round trip) in taxes to subsidize each rider once the full cost is considered.




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