Yakima council considering free transit for young drivers

When the Yakima City Council meets on Tuesday, the council will talk about a state program that would allow young people to use Yakima Transit for free. The program was developed by the state legislature and provides grants to fully replace lost youth fare revenue for transit agencies that adopt 18-and-under free policies. The board is expected to approve the gratuity policies to start the program at the Tuesday board meeting.

Many young people are expected to take advantage of the free rides

A press release states that the order changes “Yakima Transit’s fares to allow persons 18 and under to use 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 account for about 3% of overall revenue.
The council will also talk on Tuesday 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 commentary on agenda items via Zoom is available. Click Public Comment | City Council (yakimawa.gov) for instructions and a request for public comment form.

Another option is to call and listen to the meeting:
Dial 1-253-215-8782 or 1-971-247-1195
When prompted for the Meeting ID, enter 938 9127 1496#
When prompted for the participant ID, enter #
When prompted for the meeting password, enter 773564#

The August 16 Yakima City Council regular meeting will air live at 5:30 p.m. on Y-PAC, Charter Spectrum Channel 194, and will be streamed live at https://www.yakimawa.gov/council/live-stream/

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