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June 8, 2012 at 4:00 PM

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Metro Transit's free-ride zone downtown coming to an end

This is good news

I can’t tell you how happy I am to hear this news! [“End of free-ride zone to hurt the poor, panel told,” NWThursday, May 31.]

Even though my employer gave me a free bus pass, I finally gave up riding the bus to and from my job in the King County Courthouse from my Queen Anne apartment because of the nastiness in the ride-free zones (both on the bus and while waiting for a bus in that area). I’m sure that you’ve “heard it all” from others on this issue.

It was a lot more expensive to drive my car and park in a downtown garage, however I felt safer and calmer while doing so. This also kept me from riding the bus to the downtown shopping areas on my lunch hour.

I can’t imagine that I’m the only woman that felt that way. In particular I’m thinking of foreign tourists — and wondering if they may have felt threatened while in the ride-free zones.

So people can complain all they want, but I’m happy to hear that bus riding may be pleasant again sometime soon.

— Janet Lee, Coupeville


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Janet, I am also female, and stopped riding the bus to my downtown job for exactly the... MORE
As the same people will be riding the bus and waiting at the downtown stops as now -... MORE
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