‘Life changer’: Free Orca transit cards going to 1,500 public-housing residents in Seattle (Seattle Housing Authority)

Date Published: 
June 28th, 2019

From the Seattle Times:

Some Seattleites who live in public housing will soon have access to free transit passes, a “life changer,” according to a representative for the city’s housing authority.

Mayor Jenny Durkan announced in February that her administration would offer about 1,500 Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) residents free unlimited ORCA passes. “Transit must be reliable and affordable because we need transit to meet our climate goals and because it makes people’s lives better,” the mayor said.

SHA has now begun helping people sign up for their free passes.

“This is in some cases going to be a life changer,” said SHA spokeswoman Kerry Coughlin. “The majority of our residents are people with very low incomes and they’re often making very difficult choices about what to spend what little money they have on. What may seem like a small amount of bus fare to us may cause them to think twice about going to the doctor or going to see a relative.”

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