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essential services. Our organization is not able to provide bus tokens for every client that is in need. The Ride Free Area helps individuals and families get to appointments, food banks, school and employment services. I ask that you continue to think strategically and compassionately about how Metro can bring in revenue and support our most vulnerable with transportation options. Thank you for your time. 200. Let's support public transportation and people living in poverty. Let's be a city that helps its citizens and doesn't drive them away. Keep the ride-free zone in downtown Seattle. People need this. 201. Please don't eliminate the down town free ride on Metro. I use it often and really appreciate it. I work at a food bank downtown and I know that the people I serve use it to get to and from the food bank, to transfer their groceries. Some of the folks are elderly, disabled or unable to walk and carry groceries for lengthy distances. Without the ride free zone, they would have to pay to travel to the food bank. By eliminating the free ride zone, the city is taking away a great service for all of the community, but especially the poor community for whom the price of a bus ride can be a great expense. 202. Dear City and Metro representatives: I am writing as a Seattle resident and as a human services provider, to urge you NOT to eliminate the Downtown Free Ride Area. Eliminating the Ride Free Area will disproportionally affect people who are already strained for resources, many of whom do not have access to bus passes. When the most vulnerable members of our community can easily access services, it benefits the entire community. When people cannot access the services they need medical services, mental health services, basic food and shelter needs - the consequences fall on all of us. The Ride Free Area enhances downtown mobility, reducing dependence on automobiles and enhancing accessibility to downtown business for everyone. We must work together to create a free and frequent option in the downtown core that everyone can access. Any solutions we create should not place additional burden on already overstretched human service providers. Increasing access to subsidized bus tickets is an important tool, but needs to be one part of a larger solution. Thank you very much for considering all the many reasons to preserve our model of downtown accessibility and congestion-reduction for all. 203. This will be a travesty. Having worked for the Downtown Emergency Service Center and Harborview for over 10 years, much of the human services in the downtown area depend on people being able to get around in the ride free area. Homeless folks have to go from Belltown for DSHS needs, then to Pioneer Square for shelter, down towards SODO for bus passes, jail, courts, Pike Market and other medical clinics, and up the hill towards Harborview for urgent care. All these folks are navigating to and from these areas all within the ride free area. Not having the ride free area will significantly block many folks from getting shelter, services, healthcare, taking care of warrants, It would be a huge loss and I'd be happy to talk to anyone about it. 204. I think that this is very unfair, and many tourists and low income people, along with many others, utilize the ride free zone, and it will be a huge shame if it's eliminated. 205. When the most vulnerable members of our community can easily access services, it benefits the entire community. When people cannot access the services they need - medical services, mental health services, basic food and shelter needs - the consequences fall on all of us.

Ride Free Area - Public Engagement Report  

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