Yakima Council Considers Free Transit For Young Riders
When the Yakima City Council meets Tuesday the council will talk about a state program that would allow young people to ride Yakima Transit free. The program was developed by the state legislature and provides grant funding to fully replace lost youth fare revenue for transit agencies that adopt fare-free policies for those 18 years of age and younger. The council is expected to approve the fare-free policies to start the program during the Tuesday council meeting.
A lot of young people are expected to take advantage of the free rides
A press release says the ordinance amends "Yakima Transit’s fares to allow individuals 18 and under to utilize all Yakima Transit modes of service free of charge and to take advantage of this provision of the Move Ahead Washington package.
Currently transit officials say youth fares represent roughly 3% of overall revenues.
The council on Tuesday will also talk about signing a letter welcoming refugees to the country. The Yakima city manager review process is also on the agenda.
You can attend in person or on Zoom
The meeting will be held via Zoom and in person at Yakima City Hall, 129 N. 2nd Street.
Live public comment on agenda items via Zoom is available. Click Public Comment | City Council (yakimawa.gov) for instructions and a Public Comment Request Form.
Another option is to call in and listen to the meeting:
Dial 1-253-215-8782 or 1-971-247-1195
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The August 16th Yakima City Council regular meeting will air live at 5:30 pm on Y-PAC, Charter Spectrum Channel 194, and be streamed live at https://www.yakimawa.gov/council/live-stream/