613. I agree that the "ride free area" should be eliminated. This would keep the homeless from riding the buses all of the time. It would make me as a resident and our tourists feel better about riding the bus. I currently walk in the ride free area because I don't feel safe riding on the bus in downtown. I also agree that you should pay as you enter the bus so that no one gets a free ride. 614. To avoid further congestion downtown and to encourage ridership, I think eliminating the Ride Free Area is a step backwards. Why does Seattle struggle w/ mass transit systems while other cities handle it better? We just seem to continue to cut back on routes and increase the price. Not sure if that's the best way to increase ridership. 615. I am very glad to see the Ride Free Zone finally eliminated. In theory it is a good idea, but it is abused. As a commuter who rides the bus daily downtown - I can always identify the riders that will be getting off before the bus leaves the RFZ....usually because they are intoxicated. The RFZ is not so large that the low/no income folks who have to utilize services downtown cannot walk from one place to the other. Using the Pay as you Enter process will most likely delay the loading of buses - but in the long run it will make for a safer experience in the downtown area. (including Bus Stops which are a whole other story!) Thank you for taking this step - hopefully it will help balance the budget as well. 616. I think eliminating the Ride Free Area is a GREAT idea. I believe it will eliminate a lot of drug dealing that goes on because the drug dealers just hop on a free bus and ride down a few blocks if they see the police coming their way. Now they will either have to pay to get away or stop dealing. I think it will improve the number of people who might take Metro downtown to shop now if the buses are not full of drug dealers, homeless people and the mentally ill. Thank you for possibly eliminating the free rides. I might return to taking the bus if this is done and I know a lot of paying people will return to riding Metro! 617. Eliminating the ride free area for riders in the downtown area will supress business in downtown. I even believe in extending the ride free area until the SODO district through the Seattle Center area to encourage business. The lack of free parking in downtown area, ease of transporting from one place through the downtown area, and if implemented will increase of rider time will be a great inconvenience and supresss business in the downtown area. 618. It is about time! I ride a bus to Federal Way each weekday and I can't count the number of times that I have seen people get off the bus either without paying or without paying the full fare. 619. HI - I am against eliminating the "Ride Free Area" in Downtown Seattle. This is a valulable and convenient service to Visitors, Tourists, and Business people who travel around in the Downtown Core throughout the day. If you truly want to get rid of the ride free area, then I suggest you have a "reduced" fare all-day pass for tourists, shoppers and business people that travel in the downtown core. I suggest you have something to replace it.......... 620. I hope Metro reconsiders its decision to eliminate the Free Ride Area. This feature is very convenient for Metro riders and businesspeople alike who are trying to get from one side of downtown to the other to conduct business or errands, and also those who are traveling through the downtown corridor to get to get closer to Stadium events, restaurants, or shopping. Thank you.
King County Metro Transit Implementation plan for Ride Free Area elimination and transition to pay-on-entry