Sound Transit to vote on updated fare compliance policy

Northgate Link light rail station

SEATTLE — The Sound Transit board of directors will be meeting virtually Thursday to vote on adopting an updated fare compliance policy.

The meeting begins at 1:30 p.m.

As part of the proposal, passengers without proof of a paid fare would get two warnings within a 12-month period without a penalty.

On the third and fourth incidents within a year, the rider would receive fines of $50 or $75, respectively.

For the fifth incident and beyond within a year, Sound Transit may refer the case to a district court. Those cases would not be criminal, but rather civil infractions such as red light or parking tickets.

Police would not be involved in fare compliance matters and passengers may dispute the fines.

If the fines are not paid within 90 days, Sound Transit may refer the debts to collection agencies.