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File #: 2017-0813   
Type: Program Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 12/5/2017 In control: Finance, Budget and Audit Committee
On agenda: 1/17/2018 Final action:
Title: CONSIDER: A. AMENDING the FY18 Adopted budget in the amount of $3.6 million to include Measure M funds to support the Board approved Low Income Fare is Easy (LIFE) program; and B. RECEIVING AND FILING the LIFE Program Update.
Indexes: Distributions (Statistics), Guidelines, Immediate Needs Transportation Program, Low-Income Fare is Easy (LIFE), Measure M, Outreach, Plan, Program, Students, Subsidies, Tokens
Attachments: 1. Attachment A - LIFE Operating Guidelines, 2. Attachment B-LIFEmarketingtimeline, 3. Presentation, 4. Staff Report, 5. Staff Report, 6. Staff Report
Related files: 2017-0926, 2018-0015
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FINANCE, BUDGET AND AUDIT COMMITTEE
JANUARY 17, 2018

Subject
SUBJECT: NEW LOW INCOME FARE SUBSIDY PROGRAM (LIFE)

Action
ACTION: APPROVE RECOMMENDATIONS

Heading
RECOMMENDATION

Title
CONSIDER:

A. AMENDING the FY18 Adopted budget in the amount of $3.6 million to include Measure M funds to support the Board approved Low Income Fare is Easy (LIFE) program; and

B. RECEIVING AND FILING the LIFE Program Update.

Issue
ISSUE

At its May 2017 meeting, the Metro Board approved the expansion and consolidation of Metro's low income fare subsidy programs, effective January 1, 2018. At that time, the Measure M guidelines had not been approved by the Board (they were subsequently approved in June 2017) and this action incorporates Measure M funding as planned and provides an update of current and future planned activities.
Discussion
DISCUSSION

As noted above, effective January 1, 2018, in an effort to leverage new Measure M funding, the Rider Relief Transit Program (RRTP) and the Immediate Needs Transit Program (INTP) have been combined to form the consolidated Low Income Fare is Easy (LIFE) Program. See Attachment A for LIFE program Guidelines.

Implementation of the LIFE program is moving forward in two phases.

Phase 1

The first phase is to increase the subsidy for participants with the immediate expansion of the program using the current coupon/token based distribution methods of providing qualifying riders access to discounted 7-day or 30-day passes (RRTP) or the distribution of tokens by Metro affiliated network of social service agencies (INTP).

Table 1 below reflects the increased subsidy amounts effective January 2018.



Phase 2
Phase two will consist of integrating this program onto TAP fare collection system, eliminating the need for coupon and token usage and will be fully implemented by the end of 2019. For 7-day passes, upon implementation of Phase 2, the TAP fare collection system will automatically apply a $6 dollar pe...

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