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you ridership is definitely higher this year than it was last year, seats are harder to get during peak commuting times. Keep up the great work. 479. This change will not affect me since I only ride routes that go outside of the Seattle area (not currently free). However, this could result in huge impacts to those with little/no income, and they are the people who are likely to not have the opportunity to comment. The removal of this essential resource could be devastating to these people, who already have difficult lives. 480. So ... we have this terrible weather downtown and downtown is large - can't you have something that "ferries" riders around downtown? or extend the "transfer window" to 2 1/2 hours? I mean - this sucks for people who want to get around downtown and not get wet ... so we sit in our offices all day cause we don't want to keep paying $2.25 to ride four blocks? Come on Metro - get a clue! 481. Please DO NOT eliminate the Ride Free Area in downtown Seattle. It is so convenient and a wonder bonus for tourists. I URGE you to re-evaluate eliminating the Ride Free Area. 482. The ride free area downtown is a great way to eliminate traffic from folks going from one part of downtown to another. Does this really make sense to eliminate this? 483. While I can understand the appeal of eliminating the ride-free area due to loss of revenue, this is extremely inconvenient for people who live and/or work in Seattle. I work in Pioneer Square and often use a tunnel bus to run errands on my lunch break. This would mean I would have to pay 3 fares in one day because I wouldn't be eligible for a transfer. I love the convenience of being able to visit the Central Library, or go to the grocery store or to Westlake Center and then back to work in Pioneer Square. My employer does not pay for my Orca pass - this money comes out of my pocket! Again, I understand that Metro is losing money due to people "forgetting" their bus fares, but I am a responsible patron and this is an extreme inconvenience to my daily life. 484. There must be a firm "no ride" policy. Once the lowlife get on they can do whatever they please with no intervention from the driver or police. It's time for that to stop. Keeping them from boarding may even increase ridership since that's a very big negative thing that keeps some people from riding. 485. This is a good idea and I support it! Michelle from Burien 486. I'm sorry to see the free downtown zone go, but if it means ditching the confusion of sometimes paying when you get on the bus other times paying when you get off, I'm all for it! I moved here from Minneapolis, and I couldn't understand how it would make any sense to pay for the bus AFTER you ride it. Would you pay for a movie when you're leaving the theater? Also, I have rides that I take where I incidentally have to pay when I get on and get off. I dislike the system. One way we got around the downtown zone problem in Minneapolis was by charging only 50 cents for the downtown zone. The rider just told the driver when he got on the bus, and the driver adjusted the person's fare. While I'm at this commenting, I don't understand why buses turn into different buses. Why isn't the 28 just the 28, instead of the 28 turning into the 23? Thanks for listening! 487. I am adamantly opposed to the elimination of the ride free area. I am homeless, and I depend on it very much. I need to go from one end of downtown to another in order to access basic services such

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