ORCA Fare Policy Forum Facilitation

Client: King County (subcontract to Parametrix)

Facilitated a Regional Fare Forum to review transit fare policies, and reach agreement on guiding principles for a Next Generation ORCA regional fare payment system. The Fare Forum consists of two elected members from each of seven agency boards in four counties and the state. Worked with the project manager to develop the work plan and schedule; prepared meeting agendas; reviewed meeting materials; facilitated Forum meetings; developed ground rules; reviewed meeting summaries; communicated with staff between meetings; assisted in development of recommendations; and reviewed a summary report. (2016)

Results: The Fare Forum reached agreement on recommendations they agreed to take to their respective boards and Councils for consideration. The King County Executive subsequently proposed a flat fare to simplify Metro’s fare structure — one of the Forum’s recommendations.