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reflect on the community and the services offered that benefit its constituents. Please feel free to contact me should there be any questions or clarification needed about my comments. Regards, Tonia Brown PS. The email announcement's link, unfortunately, did not direct to the proper section of Metro's website but instead went to "How to Ride": Other ways to comment are: Online: www.kingcounty.gov/Metro/howtoride 475. First of all I total disagree in eliminating the ride free area. I would like to see it in phases. In Sept eliminate weekends. then during the bring it in only from 9 am to 3pm (mid day) then during the winter or sping of 2013 shake up total elimationation. I aslo suggest that from June through September that you fare break becuase that when school out more tourist are in town sport season ect. Thanks that it for now 476. I am totally in favor of the elimination of the Ride Free Area. This is something I feel should have been addressed many years ago, but better late than never. Why do I feel this way? For many years now Metro has increased the cost of riding the bus on an annual basis. To help offset some of the money problems, making everyone pay would increase revenue. Also, it will stop many of the people who get on in the Ride Free Area but get off in a Pay Zone but tell the driver they don't have any money or outright refuse to pay. I am in favor of finding a solution to help low or no-income people who rely on the bus in the ride free area. Proof of need has to be closely evaluated and renewing a pass or whatever is provided be done at least every 3 months. And the pass most definitely should only be valid in what is currently the ride free area. Another suggestion that has nothing to do with the changes taking place September 29th would be to take a look at how many children under 5 can ride free with a paying fare. Instead of 4, why not make it 2? And any number over 2 per adult could be charged 25 cents. With the funds problem, each 25 cent will help. Maybe it's not a lot, but something is better than nothing. The elimination of the Sunday Family fare certainly reduced the number of 18 and under who rode for free with their family on Sunday. 477. I am very concerned about losing the free ride zone. I am disabled and live in low income housing. Because of my medical problems, I have a certain amount of "down time" where I cannot walk & must take a few hours off my feet. I would go insane if it were not for having quick, easy, FREE access to the library to pick up books, videos, audio books etc. to occupy my mind while I am waiting to be able to walk again. The library is too far for me to walk and I cannot walk up hills. I have a disabled pass, and a $1.50 round trip means I would have to decide whether to do a load of laundry or have access to my requested materials. I have heard in the media that efforts are being made to accomodate homeless people by giving out bus chits, vouchers, etc. through various social services. I am not homeless and these social services are not available to me. Please take people like me into account when making your decisions. 478. I am strongly in favor of eliminating the ride free zones if it will help keep the buses on their current routes and time schedules. I don't want to see KC Metro buses eliminated or staggered too far between stops and times they stop. I live in Lynnwood and commute twice daily, 5x per week on CT to downtown Seattle (2nd/Stewart) where I connect with #12 to get to Seattle University. I've already been shafted by the recent CT changes and am dreading the changes KC Metro will make. I commend you for the time, effort and thought KC Metro puts into any changes that need to happen. You have done a fantastic job on keeping us posted on bus changes, route changes/delays, etc through the email notification which proves KC Metro wants to make using Metro a pleasant experience. I can tell

Ride Free Area - Public Engagement Report  
Ride Free Area - Public Engagement Report  

King County Metro Transit Implementation plan for Ride Free Area elimination and transition to pay-on-entry