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379. My main concern is regarding the backlog of busses downtown. I would suggest that you train your drivers to always pull to the very front of the bus zone to make things more efficient with the expected longer loading times. I catch the bus headed north bound at 3rd and Madison every evening. When a driver doesn't pull forward to the intersection it only leaves room for one bus behind and invariably a 3rd bus is stuck back on the other side of Madison. I am very concerned about the amount of slow-down this will cause. It is already very slow loading the busses when the free-ride zone ends at 7PM, I can only imagine how slow it will be before 7PM with the larger number of people waiting for the bus. 380. I live in a Seattle Housing Authority building in downtown Seattle. I also work in the International District. I live on an extremely low income and there are currently no options for a bus fare subsidy for me. There are many differently -abled people living and working within the ride free area who rely on this transportation to work, shop for groceries, and go to dr. and social service appointments. Also, when the bus tunnel was closed there were a lot of people up on the street and especially at 3rd and Pine. There needs to be a consideration of crowd logistics if the bus is taking payment upon boarding the front door only. thank you Jennifer Jackson 381. I would like to see a circulator bus go north on 4th ave from S Jackson, east on Pike to 8th ave, west on Pine to 2nd ave and south to Jackson. Buses can move much faster on 2nd & 4th than they can on 3rd ave. The 300 guest we can have at the H.I. Hostel on S King can take the circulator bus from the island stop at 4th & Jackson to the convention center, Greyhound bus station & other locations uptown. 382. The ride free area is a real asset in that it allows downtown workers and residents the ability move easily around the downtown core. I believe it is a mistake to totally eliminate this feature. This is particularly a problem in the tunnel. Often my friends and I would take a tunnel bus from Westlake to Pioneer Square for lunch. This won't happen if a full fare is required to take the tunnel from one stop to the next. Right now the tunnel is an extension of the street and people move in and out of it all day long. If every tunnel trip, no matter how short, requires a fare; then the tunnel will only be used for commuting to downtown and NOT used for getting around downtown. The downtown residents, workers and businesses will all suffer. 383. I love the ride-free area because it keeps people moving around downtown easily and conveniently. If there is no going back on the decision to eliminate it, please consider keeping the Pay-as-you-leave system on routes originating downtown. This would expedite loading people in the downtown area, where the most traffic congestion is and when the most delays can happen. Having people pay as they board downtown will greatly lengthen loading times and cause delays and even more unpredictable timetables to the entire route. 384. I am sad to see the Ride Free Area go. However, if it must go, then so be it. Currently, the boarding process is sporadic. On the U-District routes and during peak hours, boarding is often quick because riders use their ORCA. However, when I'm on routes that serve low income areas, like the 358 or the 7, many people are still using cash and there are disputes over transfer legitimacy. I think Metro should take the following actions to speed up the boarding process; especially in the downtown core and during peak hours: 1.) Get rid of paper transfers. If ST and CT got rid of them, then so should Metro to establish a since of conformity across the region. Also, keeping paper transfers defeats the

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