Sunset Empire Transportation District Proposed Fare/Pass Changes

Sunset Empire Transportation District is proposing a change in their current fare/pass policy. Executive Director Hazen has proposed that the District go to a flat rate fare and not use the zone based system that is currently in place and he has proposed a complete overhaul of the Bus Pass program which will have two levels of passes, one for standard riders and the other level being a reduced fare pass which would include seniors, people with disabilities, students (both youth and college) and low income households. Hazen said “By having reduced fares that include low income households, we will be mitigating the impact of the new Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund (STIF) tax on passengers that are in a low income households which complies with the draft rules of the STIF program.” The proposed flat fare will be $1.00 for everyone each time they get on the bus. The proposed Standard Monthly Pass will be lowered to $30 which is a 33% decrease in cost. The proposed Reduced Fare Monthly Pass will be $20, also a 33% reduction. The proposed Daily Pass will be reduced from $5.00 to $3.00. Hazen also said “At the time we institute the new fares and passes we will eliminate monthly pass sales on the buses to allow drivers to better focus on safely driving and cut down on wait times when they sell a pass.” Daily Passes will continue to be sold on the buses and both Daily and Monthly Passes may be purchased at the Astoria Transit Center or at the Seaside Kiosk. The public will have an opportunity to make comment on the proposed Fare/Pass changes at 4 separate Open Houses being held throughout the County: June 18th from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the Bob Chisholm Community Center, June 18th from 3:00 to 4:00 pm at the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce, June 19th from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at the Astoria Transit Center and from 3:00 to 4:00 pm at the Emerald Heights Community Room. There will also be a Public Hearing held during the June 28, 2018 Board of Commissioners to allow for public comment from the community as well. Click here for more detailed information: Fare Policy Outreach. If the proposed Fare/Pass Policy changes are adopted by the Board of Commissioners at the June meeting, they will go into effect July 1, 2018. For more information visit our website at www.ridethebus.org or contact Mary Parker at [email protected] or call 503-861-5370.