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Shelter and Housing

Reduced Fare Bus Tickets

The King County Metro Transit Human Services Reduced Fare Bus Ticket Program was established in 1993 to provide subsidized bus tickets for people who are low-income and/or experiencing homelessness and in need transportation assistance to critical services such as emergency shelter, employment, and child care. In 2014, the City of Seattle allocated $1,457,317 in Reduced Fare Bus Tickets to 73 nonprofits, government agencies, and community-based organizations through an annual allocation process. Organizations purchase tickets at a reduced rate (20 percent of actual cost), and then distribute the tickets to clients.

The City of Seattle HSD and King County Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) have streamlined the program application process. All programs in the City of Seattle and King County, outside Seattle, interested in applying for the program will now apply using one application and will apply directly to the King County Procurement Office.

For currently participating agencies, available for download are the Lost/Stolen Bus Ticket report, bus ticket disbursement log, and record of usage log that is submitted to HSD twice annually.

If you are an individual seeking transportation assistance, please contact the Community Information Line 2-1-1 or a local human service agency. If you are an agency interested in applying to the program, e-mail Lindsey Garrity to be placed on the e-mail distribution list.

Here is an updated list of participating agencies in 2014. Please note that allocations include $197,011.94 from the King County Congestion Mitigation Funds.

Seattle Human Services Department
Street address: 700 5th Avenue, Suite 5800, Seattle, WA 98104
Mailing address: PO Box 34215, Seattle, WA 98124-4215

Phone: 206-386-1001
Fax: 206-233-5119
TTY/TTD: 206-233-2778

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