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August 7, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Sound Transit and Sounders: Why isn’t public transit ready after games?

Sounders’ Express goes nowhere fast at all

Did you hear the one about how almost 67,000 people sneaked into Qwest Field for a Sounders game and Sound Transit didn’t know about it?

After the Sounders FC and Barcelona game, just when I was thinking Seattle’s making it with mass transit, Sound Transit proved it can’t handle a mass of only a few hundred people. The Sounders’ Express (express what?) Route 550 Eastbound stop in the tunnel was so packed people gave up and stood in another line of a couple hundred upstairs waiting for regular bus service before giving up and resorting to taxis. The transit authorities were entirely unable to find extra buses to handle the surprise. The only representative there was unsupported and only had the solution of complaining to customer service. Do you think they would cover taxi fare?

After waiting almost two hours and watching only three Route 550 buses come through, we caved and spent money on a taxi.

Seattle Sounder FC needs to ask Sound Transit to change the name of the Sounders’ Express service so there’s no confusion about who’s lagging on the field.

— Don Chase, Bothell

An example of why many don’t take public transit

I would just like to call attention to Sound Transit’s failure of service after the August 5 Sounders’ game.

Sound Transit didn’t add extra buses to the night routes, despite e-mails from the Sounders and other outlets calling for people to arrive early and use mass transit.

At least 500 people were waiting for the Route 550 bus to Bellevue at the tunnel stop after the game, and the buses ran every half-hour. Not only does this decrease appreciation for the system and repeat riders, it caused a legitimate safety concern with people trying to force themselves on the bus through many families and their children.

I was lucky to get on the second bus to arrive at 10:30 p.m. But I am sure there were many people who waited for at least another hour to get home.

This lack of foresight or display of ignorance is unacceptable and is an example of why people do not want to ride public transit in Seattle.

— Chris Tezak, Bellevue

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