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Best Starts for Kids: An Ounce of Prevention in King County, Washington

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Natalie Holmes and Alan Berube

We recently visited King County, Wash., the county in which Seattle sits. On many counts, the region is thriving. But while the city of Seattle grows jobs and incomes, suburban communities to its immediate south continue to grapple with elevated poverty and concentrated disadvantage. The gap between the region’s rich and poor continues to widen, which recent research suggests could hinder the economic mobility of low-income children and families.

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Expanding Low-Income Workers’ Job Options with Reduced Transit Fares in King County

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Natalie Holmes

This past Sunday, March 1, King County Metro Transit in western Washington State launched ORCA LIFT, a regional, income-based reduced-fare transit program. Individuals making less than twice the federal poverty level qualify to receive a reloadable ORCA card (ORCA stands for “One Regional Card for All”), which caps the cost of most trips at $1.50 per ride—$1.00 less than the standard adult off-peak rate, and $1.75 off the highest adult peak rate. Although income-based reduced-fare programs exist elsewhere in the country, ORCA LIFT has the potential to become one of the largest yet.

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