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people who try to cheat and not pay anything holding up buses while arguing with driver. Why is ST 522 not a tunnel bus route? Please note: I use ORCA monthly pass so I am not personally affected. I will still buy a pass regardless. 243. Eliminate paper transfers, to encourage the adoption of ORCA cards and help buses operate more efficiently everywhere in the system. When a stop is requested, use the new on-board automated system to announce "stop requested - please use the rear exit." This will help remind everyone to exit through the rear and improve passenger flow. Other transit systems do this. I'm very happy about the elimination of the RFA. 244. I've recently (5 months ago) become a member of the homeless community. I'm normal, 43, and haven't been hired for work for more than 2 years, so have no income. I'm currently reliant on food stamps, food banks (about once a month), and homeless shelters for my basic needs, and know there are many like myself in the Seattle area (which I've always thought of as home since 1985). One of the things that helps me the greatest is the transportation pass (an all-day pass for light rail, Metro, Sound Transit) provided to me by the SHARE shelters, a day and night program at opposite ends of Seattle, as a pretty independent person daily. Also, I use necessary services in downtown Seattle for laundering and sometimes showering (as I do have access to another shower also at one of the shelters, but still occasionally utilize Catholic Charities and other contributing organizations at the Women's Wellness Center. But so often as funding seems to more and more be a potential issue within the homeless community, I know I could possible do ok at the SHARE Shelter on 12th & Jackson, if the Ride Free Area were to remain if I ever experienced a time when SHARE could no longer afford to provide all-day passes for participants at SHARE shelters. However, it is clear that you do have a need for additional opportunities to increase your company through collecting fares instead of continuing to offer the RFA. You have the right to make good decisions for your employees and your company's welfare. The idea of providing tickets in greater amounts to agencies/organizations is good, but the language sounded to be that they would be offered at 20 percent and not given freely. My concern as a homeless person with no income is that SHARE could not possibly indefinitely offer us help, with providing daily all-day passes, because they will have to start giving to/from tickets daily to the participants at their 12th & Jackson shelter, or instruct them to walk to their daily services. Jackson is a long way from Pine/Stewart, and that choice would likely be just too difficult for SHARE and for the participants (both at 12th & Jackson and at their 15 other current shelters, because someone would have to make sacrifices by walking long distances and perhaps moving to other shelters and getting service elswhere, if they are even available elswhere, outside of the main downtown area. At the same time, I can't ask you to endure the sacrifice of passing on the opportunity for increase. I'm not really a person who believes companies should be in the practice of giving free things, especially indefinitely. It has been very different for me to have been in the position of accepting so many things which have been given since I became homeless. Recently, I've realized the opportunity will likely never be there to repay any of what I've been given. I'm also uncomfortable with the idea of charging/granting drivers, who register a car, tickets, with the hope that they will want to donate them to human services organizations. I was really shocked to learn that they were willing to pay to keep Metro going, about a year ago or perhaps is it was two years ago - paying somehow through car tab expenses for Metro's costs (in part). It doesn't seem that drivers should pay for the cost of bus riders. I'm delighted about the RapidRide buses coming into downtown Seattle, and also the ideas of a connector from point-to-point like DC and Microsoft have. Is there any chance those could be free offerings - the connector and/or this one/two RapidRide line(s)? At least that way, the truly needy free

Ride Free Area - Public Engagement Report  
Ride Free Area - Public Engagement Report  

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