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Upthegrove Secures Funding for Discounted Metro Tickets for Human Services Non-Profits

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king county council, king county metropolitain councilKing County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove on Monday announced that an additional $90,000 for discounted Metro tickets for human services agencies will become available this year. Eligible non-profit organizations will distribute the tickets to their low-income clients so they can get to medical appointments, meal service programs, and employment or educational opportunities.

“Access to transportation is the number-one predictor of social and economic mobility,” Upthegrove said. “The Human Services Bus Ticket program is important for the mobility of low-income riders in all corners of the county.”

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Qualifying non-profits serve thousands of individuals who live well below the poverty line. Transportation can often be a major barrier to accessing critical services, so this program helps increase access for those most in need.

Each year, the King County Department of Community and Health Services awards the tickets to a more than 200 agencies based on need. Originally called the Reduced Fare Bus Ticket Program, it is in its 17th year of providing the discounted tickets. Funding for the program comes from foregone revenues from King County Metro.


The above is a press release from the King County Council.  The Auburn Examiner has not independently verified its contents and encourages our readers to personally verify any information they find may be overly biased or questionable. The publication of this press release does not indicate an endorsement of its contents. 
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