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people want to ride the bus within the city limits with no intentions of leaving their zone. 2 - many people at work laugh at their coworkers who are Metro riders as being poor losers. If you want middle class to embrace the bus system, then one you must make it useable for 'around town', not just in and out of the suburbs. And two, you'll have to choose between the middle class and the street people. Furthermore, the buses should be cleaned EVERY DAY! Enough with urine & alcohol smelly busses in town. I support the free ride zone. I support subsidized tickets for commuters and real people running errands. I do not support Metro as a home for the homeless or a comfortable place to sit merely get from point A to point B with no agenda. This may not be politically correct to say, but it's the truth. 470. As a long time resident of Capital Hill, I am very pleased at the elimination of the ride free area. It has fostered misuse of the Metro service and it makes boarding and exiting less convenient. I support the move to eliminate the ride free area. Thank you! 471. This is a terrible idea. The Seattle bus service is not that great to begin with, particularly when you compare it with similar sized or smaller cities. Take Portland, for example, which has a great transit system and is smaller than Seattle. If Seattle provided excellent bus service, with buses running frequently to all areas of the city, with good Night Owl service, then maybe I could see it. As it is, I've scaled down my bus riding and drive more because the buses don't meet my needs, and with this added on, I'm likely to use the buses even less. 472. What a huge burden to put on the low income/no income folks! 473. Thank you for making this change. Ultimately, as long as Metro and the city can work out ways to accommodate low and no-income folks with their transportation needs, I think this change is best for all. I'm especially looking forward to not having to remember which door I can enter/leave, or when I need to pay each time I ride the bus, which is often. Thanks, Metro! 474. I just received the email announcement noting the end of the Ride Free Area service. I feel it is quite unfortunate that the Ride Free Area will be eliminated. While I do not often get the opportunity to utilize it since I no longer work in downtown, I did have the chance on March 23 & 24. I remember thinking what a valuable asset this service was to the Seattle community -- both for those low-income riders who truly depend on the free service as well as for tourists as a friendly way to easily get around our downtown areas that are not always within easy walking distance (e.g. Pioneer Square to Belltown). I saw one family with two youngsters and elderly grandparents that were able to use the ride-free service to go from Belltown to Westlake -- not a long walking distance for most but certainly not easy for the young and elderly patronizing our town and seeing our many sites in a day. More than my concern for a friendly tourist destination is my concern for the low-income riders that rely on the free service area. I recognize that a plan will be discussed to address their needs; however, the city programs already have a difficult time getting adherence to new implementations or requirements. Even if something "free" is offered that this demographic must sign up for, I feel it will be underutilized and those most needing it will be overlooked and not served. I ask that Metro reconsider eliminating this service that is a true asset to the city. It's understandable that costs rise but surely there are other ways to fund costs. Note, it did not go unnoticed that new electronic talking devices were installed on buses right at the end of the tax/car tab debate. While this implementation may have been planned for some time prior, the execution was quite poor in timing. I supported the cartab tax but was disappointed when I noticed the timing of this modification. I hope Metro will truly

Ride Free Area - Public Engagement Report  

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