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Seattle Times letters to the editor

March 1, 2009 at 3:42 PM

King County Metro

Waiting in vain, waiting for change

On Feb. 26, Metro again let down many riders.

There was a bit of snow on the ground, so I decided to ride the bus to North Seattle Community College. I waited 35 minutes for a northbound 48 bus at 23rd Avenue East and Aloha Street.

Along with many heading to the University of Washington and NSCC, I waited in vain. No bus passed in either direction. Eventually, it became too late to make my 9 a.m. class.

Upon returning home, I checked the Metro Web site and found no indication that the 48 route was not being served.

There is no excuse for what happened. Conditions were not that bad. Buses should have been able to navigate 23rd Avenue, as many cars were able to.

I don’t want excuses or explanations. I want change.

— Michael Kischner, Seattle

No cure for congestion until it’s reliable

What if we ran our hospital like Metro runs its bus service? What if, after waiting for an hour to be seen, the hospital announces it isn’t servicing patients with your insurance coverage today and you will need to find alternative solutions for your medical needs.

I would like to use the public-transportation system I pay for with my tax dollars, and cut down on traffic congestion. But, I must drive because I work in a hospital and if I wait for a bus that never shows up, I don’t get to work on time, which in turn causes patients to not receive the care they deserve. Our region can’t solve its traffic-congestion problems until public transportation becomes reliable.

— Randy Nagy, Federal Way

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