Year 5 Annual Report

Year 5 of the Seattle Transportation Benefit District represents the last full 12-month reporting year of the six-year measure approved by voters in November 2014. This year was marked by the high-water mark of the program - in service hours delivered, ORCA cards distributed to students and low-income Seattleites, and STBD capital project delivered - and ended with one of the most challenging periods of the program. See "STBD By The Numbers" below, and download a full version of the report to learn more.


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This two-page "By The Numbers" spread from the Seattle Transportation Benefit District (STBD) Year 5 Annual Report highlights important information from the last year of the program, as well as the program as a whole (going back to 2015). In almost every service change since the program began, STBD has added service on King County Metro routes serving Seattle, reaching almost 350,000 service hours (about 8% of Metro's countywide network) in early 2020. Through these investments, we've been able to increase the percent of households in Seattle within a 10-minute walk of 10-minute or better transit service to 70% in 2019 and early 2020, up from just 25% in in 2015. Due to the financial constraints of voter initiative 976 (which has since been overturned by the Washington Supreme court) and potential sunsetting of the program, the decisions was made to reduce the number of hours funded by STBD by about half in September 2020.

STBD's budget goes almost entirely towards funding transit service and access projects - $0.91 of every dollar collected goes directly to fund these types of improvements. This includes the Senior Regional Reduced Fare Permit (RRFP) pilot program (which funded 207 RRFPs for seniors in Seattle), 30 capital projects to improve the operating conditions of buses in Seattle, and over 15,000 ORCA cards under the ORCA Opportunity program (which distributes these cards to Seattle Public School and select Seattle College students).