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Record Ridership on Sound Transit

From Sound Transit: http://www.soundtransit.org/About-Sound-Transit/News-and-events/News-releases/Record-ridership-on-ST-trains-and-buses.xml September saw a combined average weekday boarding of 98,000 persons between express buses, light rail and commuter rail. Ben

RapidRide C To Get More Buses

From The Seattle Times: http://blogs.seattletimes.com/today/2012/10/starting-monday-rapidride-c-line-getting-more-buses/ The overcrowded RapidRide C line will be getting more buses to hopefully alleviate the issues experienced in the first week of operations. As to whether the buses are full due to increased ridership or a cut in lines serving West Seattle remains to be seen… Ben

Tri-Met Developing Mobile Ticketing App

From Tri-Met: http://trimet.org/mobiletickets/ Next Spring you will be able to install an app from Tri-Met that allows you to buy and display tickets in the app. The app will be for Android and iPhones. This would be a great feature for METRO with the removal of the Ride Free Zone. Ben

The Voice of Reason Awarded Best in The Nation

From Sound Transit: http://www.soundtransit.org/About-Sound-Transit/News-and-events/News-releases/Voice-of-Reason-ad-campaign-awarded-best-in-nation.xml Sound Transit’s Voice of Reason ad campaign has been awarded best in the US by the The American Public Transportation Association. I always liked those ads. Ben

“Funeral March” For End of Ride Free Zone

KING-5 via NBC News: http://www.nbcnews.com/id/49211208/ns/local_news-seattle_wa/#.UGXVoVGz7Tc Protestors will hold a “funeral march” along 3rd avenue in Downtown Seattle Friday between 3:30-5:30 to protest the removal of the ride free zone. Ben

End of Ride Free Zone to Hurt Poor, Homeless

From The Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2019259407_ridefree26m.html The removal of Downtown Seattle’s Ride Free Zone is expected to negatively impact the poor and homeless who may not be able to afford bus tickets. And commuters used to a quick shuttle inside the zone. Ben

METRO To Give 41k Tickets to Homeless

From KOMO-TV: http://madisonpark.komonews.com/news/transportation/784343-metro-give-over-41k-bus-tickets-agencies-help-homeless METRO Transit will be giving bus tickets to various groups who help the homeless to offset the loss of the Ride Free Area. Hope this helps. Ben

The Ride Free Zone is Coming to An End

From The Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2019150572_ridefree14m.html Another article on the upcoming shutdown of the Ride Free Area in Downtown Seattle. And I say again, this will make the tunnel commute an absolute nightmare. Ben

The End of the Ride Free Zone is Coming

From KING-5 via NBC News: http://www.nbcnews.com/id/48915889/ns/local_news-seattle_wa/#.UEpCqpYkrTd Metro Transit’s Ride Free Area will be going away in Downtown Seattle as of September 29th. This is going to make the tunnel a nightmare… Ben

Tri-Met Fare Changes Coming

From Tri-Met: http://trimet.org/alerts/farechanges.htm No more zones, no more Free Rail zone and an increase in fares are coming to Tri-Met to help them withstand the recession. Better a fare increase than a cut in service. Ben