In a move aimed at simplifying fares and boosting ridership, the Sound Transit Board of Directors this week approved a flat $3 adult fare for Link light rail, replacing the current distance-based system.

The new fare – which will go into effect in the fall of 2024 with the opening of the Lynnwood Link extension – eliminates the need for passengers to tap off at the end of their trip.

Currently, Link fares range from $2.25 to $3.50, with prices determined by travel distance. The change brings consistency across the system and aligns with fares charged on Sound Transit’s ST Express regional buses.

While community feedback was divided on the shift, board members cited potential fare capping future, increased simplicity, and equity concerns as key drivers of the decision.

“With easy-to-understand pricing and ORCA programs for every income, there’s never been a better time to get on board Link,” said King County Executive and Sound Transit Board Chair Dow Constantine. “This simple pricing will make getting where you need to go even easier as Link expands to serve more communities.”

Sound Transit last raised Link fares in 2015.

The new fare structure will not affect low-income adult (ORCA LIFT) fares or senior/disabled fares.