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455. Overall a deplorable idea, but I guess it's a sign of the times. Free circulators sound like a good ideahow about expanding the 99? Or resuscitating the old 98? This could help reduce abuse of RapidRide downtown. The back-door to exit is unnecessary and has safety and customer service drawbacks- not even able-bodied people should be expected to fight their way to the back door every day, and keeping people away from the driver, a valuable customer service resource, is bad for obvious reasons. Policy for doors should continue as is- use whatever door is safest and most convenient in the particular circumstance. 456. This is an awful idea. Commuters turn to the bus system for reasons of convenience, cost, and environmental consciousness. We have tolerated price hikes but this is something that just cannot be negotiated. I'm sure the transit companies are strapped just like the rest of us are but this change would only expedite the loss of faith in our public transit system. And having a plan to help low/noincome people in the pipeline is NOT GOOD ENOUGH. That needs to be figured out BEFORE this change is implemented. Those holding Orca cards will most likely not be effected but it's also not fair to exploit the increased mechanization of the transit transaction by assuming this will come to pass with the most minor of glitches. Other cities have gotten this right, why can't we? If you need to pull strings or bend the ears of the higher ups, or REALLY think about more creative ways to set out the community tip jar, do it. What I'm saying is this is a symptom of a greater sickness, and if the circulatory system fails, the city wilts. Thanks for pretending to care what riders think. 457. This is a terrible decision. It impacts the poor and homeless especially, most of whom are disabled. This at a time when disabled bus pass rates have risen sharply in the past few years. Once again, saving money on the backs of the poor above all. It is also bad for commerce and retail sales in the downtown area. This ends an outstanding and sensible public accommodation that has existed for many years. I won't be voting for county councilmembers who support this, and executive Constantine's lack of support is a huge disappointment. Ron Sims would never have allowed something like this to occur. 458. I object to this change in our transit. The ride free is a great opportunity for tourism to use transit to see some of Seattle's biggest downtown attractions. The streets are already congested and taking the ride free area away means more people will be driving around downtown, instead of leaving their cars at work and using transit. I would have been open to a hotel tax or something similar to off set the expense. Thank you Kirk 459. How will Metro save money by eliminating the Ride Free Area? I doubt this claim. Secondly, I suspect that the people who create the most problems for Metro in the Ride Free Area are not the people who cannot afford to pay. 460. Please preserve a free bus service for poor people. Maybe a designated Free Bus could operate along a large meandering route twice daily? 461. business will be hurt by eliminating the free ride...it is not fair...Seattle is a raining city..if it was weather like miami I donot care to walk...but in Seattle... Asians students from UW are paying 1.25.. I asked a driver why I pay 2.25 and they 1.25 ...drivers say there is not way to know the real age of asians...no fair.. 462. Other cities have fares for downtown areas at discount price. Do this here! It could be a rev producer.

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