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riders could be taking a separate mode of transport. Please include me on any future communication about your decision(s). Sincere regards, Jennifer T. Brown P.O. Box 12871 Seattle, WA 98111 P: 253948-7413 245. The 99 waterfront bus: The current layover stop on Broad and the waterfront is useless. People who board on 1st Ave are stranded at that end of the waterfront. Move that layover spot to somewhere between the Aquarium and the ferry terminal. The bus can park somewhere under the viaduct if there is no suitable layover spot on the waterfront. The proposed "free" circulator bus should at least connect Westlake Center to the International Disrict. Suggest this route: 2nd Aveue to S Jackson to 8th Ave (where current "free Ride Zone" ends) back to S. Jackson to 4th Avenue to Pine Street (back to 2nd). The "Free Circulator" should also come frequently like every 15 minutes. 246. 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. 247. Thank you for making these changes. It will significantly help improve fare compliance and hopefully improve traffic flow. 248. I don't think Metro has an adequate plan to address people most affected by losing RFA. Also need to figure out more comprehensive communications. That it's happening and how to deal with it. 249. Good idea to eliminate the Ride Free Area so that nobody have any excuse to ride to the destination and say "I have no money" and the driver has to let go that guy. Yet it affects some people in downtown. What about extend #99 bus (free bus) to go to the tunnel from 6 am to 7 pm covering the full tunnel route and remain free? That will solve all the problem while all other bus need to pay when people step on the bus. T.W. Wang 206-919-7026 250. Please simplify the fare payment system. No peak/peak times, one price all day every day, no zones. Reduced fare should say how much they have to pay on it - front or back. If people can not live without the Ride Free Zone, then make it so they bus does not leave the free zone. Pay as you leave is promoting fare evasion. Pay as you enter makes more sense. We want all the cops on the bus service on the bus in regular clothes. 251. Please keep free-ride in low-income neighborhoods and in the transit tunnel! 252. Consider making the DSTT proof-of-payment, like other Link stations, and have fare enforcement officers on the platforms and buses/trains, like RapidRide. Failing that, have staff with portable ORCA equipment positioned at the bus back doors so that ORCA holders can enter there. ORCA encouragement: More TVMs with better signage (e.g. "BUY ORCA HERE!") Put some on the street at

Ride Free Area - Public Engagement Report  

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