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point of information, I am not a disgruntled employee or trouble maker. I am a proud member of our drivers classification with a 15 year safe driving record, very few complaints on record, fewer accidents and many commendations. I was an active and respected member of Metro's Public Safety Partnership Program, have been a "Driver of the Month" at Atlantic Base, a part of the Operator Support Team in training sessions and support groups at several transit bases, and am currently seeking a position on The Central Base Safety Committee. I have been known as the "Teddy bear Guy" for 13 of 17 years with Metro, giving out over 500 full size teddy bears to anyone needing a smile or a friend. Public relations is a large part of a positive image on the streets and in the seats of our transit system. I believe in our system and have recruited many new drivers over the years and mentor on the job as often as the opportunity presents itself. I have spent countless hours helping drivers find the answers they need to be safe and successful in their jobs and careers with King County. I would appreciate becoming part of the solution rather than part of the problem in implementing this incredibly complex service change. I am hoping that we will also be able to eliminate, eventually, printed schedules when we can provide better headway in service times. I am certain that will help with our budgetary woes and conflicts at the door for our drivers. Please call me on my cell phone if there is anything I can do to help. John Scott "Scotty" McDonell Metro ID # 9165, Central Base Operations 206-290-1594 scottymcdonell@yahoo.com 353. This is a very retrograde policy decision. I understand that it arises because the City of Seattle would not increase their support of the service, which will mean that a lot of the vitality of the downtown will be lost. I am particularly concerned about the mandate that requires passengers to exit via the rear door. I am not visibly handicapped, but getting down from a bus without the driver's ability to see me concerns me. 354. I occasionally use the Ride Free Zone to get from south downtown to north downtown for business. If eliminated, I will not pay a fare but will walk instead -- especially since the proposed load/unload process will slow the transit time to a speed slower than walking. If passengers leave the bus by the back door, how will you avoid people jumping on thru that door? Without rear door exit, the board/ de-board process will take an extremely long period of time in peaks hours (add some wheelchair board/ de-boards and its even worse). I expect that the buses will clog Third Avenue in peak hours, and further expect the next step to be moving some buses to 2nd or 4th Avenues to spread out the clogging. This will further burden cars that travel these north-south streets -- but maybe that is the ultimate goal here? More buses and fewer cars in the downtown corridor?? BTW -- this new plan will be terrible for bicyclists in downtown, too. This is a very short-sighted plan (no doubt proposed by people who don't commute into downtown regularly on the bus) that won't raise enough extra money to offset the problems created!! 355. Kudos to Metro for making this long overdue change! I have witnessed numerous scofflaws evade paying the fare when exiting the bus. I think Metro will see its operating revenue increase once this rule is enacted. 356. This is a sad, sad day for Seattle and anyone who cares about public transportation (which should be all of this.) The ride-free area has been a great part about the city for decades; why would we destroy something that works well? I well remember my first day in Seattle when my Mom and I were able to get around downtown for free; as newcomers, we appreciated the friendly, hassle-free greeting from

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