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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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