9. Please continue to have this service. I also want to say that I support the "free fare zone" because it benefits tourists & flowing traffic not get your money argue to driver & backup cars 10. I am writing to add my voice and support to the concept of a Free Circulator bus to mitigate the loss this Fall of the Seattle downtown Ride Free Area. I have served for two decades as a volunteer helping to direct agencies that provide vital services to those in our community who need some assistance in their daily lives: shelter, hygiene services, food, counseling, financial assistance, and a friendly smile. I have been active in local electoral politics for a similar period of time for the same reason. It is fortunate that social service providers and the Downtown Seattle Association have common purpose in this regard. Kate Joncas of the DSA recently wrote to Executive Constantine and Mayor McGinn: "we urge you to focus on prioritizing meeting the needs of our lowest-income populations" once the Ride Free Area is gone. Action in this regard must come soon, to avoid a "gap period" when the current service is phased out. A Free Circulator running at least every 15 minutes is the only viable option. It will have the additional advantage of serving the general population as well as those most in need. Social service agencies simply don't have the money or staff to implement the other options under consideration. I urge the County, Metro, and City to work with all stakeholders in Downtown Seattle to quickly come up with a viable plan to adequately mitigate the sunsetting of the Ride Free Area.
Published on May 31, 2012