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that has room for them and their backpacks and that is wheelchair accessible.While you are at it, please extend the service for the circulator up to Harborview, since it is the healthcare provider by default for so many homeless and low-income citizens. 4. The decision to end the Ride Free Area will have negative effects on our community, and will disproportionately affect people who are poor and homeless. Seattle and King County should jointly invest in mitigating the effects of this policy decision. Please invest in a free, public, accessible way to navigate downtown easily: a free circulator bus designed for people making short trips within downtown. These vehicles should have: • easy access for people with mobility limitations • room for baggage, strollers, etc. • good service frequency (every 15 minutes, replicating the RFA hours of 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.) • cover a predictable route that includes Harborview Medical Center. Providing this service will help people who live, work, shop, and visit downtown, and ensure that people who have no other transit options are able to get where they need to go. Keeping people moving through the downtown corridors is good for local businesses and helps all of us access local government, cultural and sports events, and services. Thank you. 5. The decision to end the Ride Free Area will have negative effects on our community, and will disproportionately affect people who are poor and homeless. Seattle and King County should jointly invest in mitigating the effects of this policy decision. Please invest in a free, public, accessible way to navigate downtown easily: a free circulator bus designed for people making short trips within downtown. These vehicles should have: - easy access for people with mobility limitations room for baggage, strollers, etc. - good service frequency (every 15 minutes, replicating the RFA hours of 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.) - cover a predictable route that includes Harborview Medical Center. Providing this service will help people who live, work, shop, and visit downtown, and ensure that people who have no other transit options are able to get where they need to go. Keeping people moving through the downtown corridors is good for local businesses and helps all of us access local government, cultural and sports events, and services. 6. Thank you for your courage in supporting an end to the outdated Ride Free Area and the accompanying mess that is pay-after-you-shove-to-the-front-to-exit. I had the opportunity to attend the open house and read up on all the public information Metro is providing on the transition plan. I regret to admit that Metro is ill-prepared for this transition. Metro is aware that the lost service hours due to an all pay-at-the-front system downtown will cost twice as many service hours as eliminating pay-as-you-exit will save. The mitigation efforts will barely scratch the surface of reducing that effect. The transition, as it is planned, could wipe out all the saved service hours from the route reinvestments and restructurings. A major element of necessary efficiency to make the transition work is not in place, and has almost no hope of being in place, by September 29. The efficiency of which I speak is near-universal adoption of ORCA as the payment method of choice when boarding a bus. Metro and the County Council are quite

Ride Free Area - Public Engagement Report  

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