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many programs out there that subsidize bus rides for the indigent who really need to get around. its time to start making money on the transit system thanks 492. I have three comments related to the RFA and boarding changes planned for this fall: 1--ORCA usage needs to be encouraged more since it will speed boarding. Most cities (Minneapolis, Chicago, New York, etc.) provide a cash incentive (~10%) for every trip, not just transfers. Also, a cheaper ORCA pass for visitors would be great since that population represents a noticeable share of downtown transit riders. 2--On inbound express buses, could passengers still exit through both doors? Those buses are typically quite full and very few (if any) boardings occur downtown on those routes. 3--To improve transit speeds along Third Avenue, better enforcement of bus-only restrictions would be appretiated, especially with increased boarding times at stops. It feels unfair whenever an illegal left-turning car can makes a bus miss a traffic light and be delayed. 493. I'm a Seattle resident and would support paying to keep the Ride Free Area going. If that doesn't happen then the number one issue that needs to be a focused on is efficiently boarding and unloading downtown. This is a major deal for many daily METRO commuters. Your best thinking, and necessary resources, need to drive toward the goal of making commuting by bus not anymore inconvenient. Slowing my commute by any amount of time may well tip the balance for me to decide it is worth the cost of driving and parking downtown rather than slogging ever so slowing through downtown. How about having ORCA card readers on the back doors as well? Implement other Rapid Ride improvements for express bus service? Reduce the number of downtown stops that routes stop at? Please do all you can to not let this change make commuting to and from downtown Seattle on METRO anymore inconvenient! 494. I honestly think it is a great idea to eliminate the Ride Free Area from the buses here in downtown seattle! it might have been costly for Metro but i really thought a lot of people took advantage of it too much. There are a lot of "bums" and "homeless" folks who have nothing better to do except sleep on the bus or ride from point A to point B. Don't get me wrong though, i have no grudge against them but they do stench up the bus with their odor. I feel for them but at the same time consider myself a rider not just someone who aimlessly stays on the bus. 495. To Whom It May Concern: I am a monthly pass buyer who lives in West Seattle & works Downtown during typical business hours. I have been a daily bus rider for 3 years, do not own a car (at this time), therefore, I rely on the bus for getting around (&, when weather permits, the Water Taxi & Shuttle for my commute home in the afternoon). I do not have physical mobility issues, & I never leave anywhere without making sure my ORCA card is readily at-hand when I need to pay my fare. I do realize the need for increased revenue, as well as the need to tackle the issue that many transients often treat buses (especially downtown) as rolling shelters. However, as a regular bus rider to & from downtown, I am acutely aware of the realities of ridership unrelated to traffic which cause delays (&, sometimes, gridlock) related to bus transportation in the downtown corridor. It would be nice if people would have their fare ready when they board (or leave), but frequently, people do not. Often this results in buses missing a cycle or two of green lights. The buses I take most often (the 54 & 55) often are standing-room only at peak commuting times, where people can't, don't, or won't move to accomodate someone trying to disembark. Forcing people to board at the front & disembark at the rear causes delays, especially if someone with a bicycle tries to leave by the front but collides with a current of passengers trying to leave by the rear. Your proposal mentions "operational changes" to

Ride Free Area - Public Engagement Report  

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