King County Metro will introduce low income fares next Spring

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Acting upon new recommendations from an independent task force, King County Executive Dow Constantine announced today how King County will implement a reduced-fare program for lower-income bus riders by March 2015.

King County Metro will be the second major transit system in the nation to offer this type of fare.

"One of the ways we create opportunity is by helping people get to work, get to school, and get to the services they need to reach their full potential," said Executive Constantine. "This reduced fare program will ensure that those who have lesser means still have access to opportunity."

The reduced fare will be $1.50 for those who qualify. It takes effect on March 1, 2015, the same day that all regular Metro fares will increase by 25 cents – the fifth fare increase for Metro riders since 2008. In that time, off-peak fares will have increased by 100 percent.

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Jean Barton and her husband Byron were arrested for criminal trespass by King County Sheriff' deputies on Friday Aug. 15 though no official charges have been filed. Byron, a disabled Vietnam Veteran was taken to the hospital, and Jean was later released.

Jean Barton speaks out about Barton family arrest

By Tim Clifford

After being arrested with her husband and son for criminal trespass this morning Jean Barton has been released from the deputy sheriff’s office in Burien and spoke briefly about her arrest.

“I was just starting to wake up and all of a sudden I heard something out the back door, saying something, I wasn’t sure what they said. Then I heard “sheriff” and then they walked in and told my son to get on the floor, on his stomach, that he was under arrest,” she describes.

While the family was arrested this morning and read their Miranda rights no charges have officially been filed against the family at this time. Byron Barton was taken by ambulance to a nearby VA hospital to be treated for his disabilities and declining health.

In a new twist Jean says that she was given a reason by the sheriff’s deputies as to why they needed to vacate the premises immediately.

“We offered them money to rent the place. Now the sheriff has told us that they have renter’s moving in” Barton says.

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