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April 3, 2013 at 7:28 AM

Metro Transit says it may need to cut routes

Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times A RapidRide bus and a regular Metro bus head down Third Avenue in downtown Seattle.

Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times
A RapidRide bus and a regular Metro bus head down Third Avenue in downtown Seattle.

Rescheduling may be better answer

In this time when Metro routes may be cut to save money, instead I think that a rescheduling of Metro buses could save lots. [“Without taxes, Metro warns of big cuts,” NWTuesday, April 2.]

I live in Bellevue and walk every night. When walking down Northeast Eighth Street, within 10 minutes, three No. 271 buses passed me. Why are there so many with such a tight schedule?

I take Sound Transit to the city from the start point of Bellevue Library. On numerous occasions, I have seen two or three No. 550 buses waiting to depart.

Is it so necessary to have Metro and Sound Transit run on such a close schedule? If not, maybe money could be saved and routes would not have to be cut!

– Michael J. D’Ambra, Bellevue

We need better accountability

How can we trust the management of King County Metro Transit when it wastes huge quantities of our tax money?

Why, when it was assembling the RapidRide system, did it have to buy all new dedicated buses? These new buses are the same size as the buses previously operating the same routes.

Why did it have to remove the old stops, often pouring large amounts of new concrete, erecting new, fancier stops with lots of decorative metal art?

Why is it “deadheading” those empty RapidRide buses all the way from the QFC on Holman Road back to the Atlantic Street Terminal, passing waiting passengers along the way? I’ve asked Metro about this and it won’t or can’t answer.

I’ve only mentioning some of the obvious things that are highly visible to everyone. I’m sure these are only the tip of the problems that are plaguing the Metro Transit system.

Now it is asking for even more money and it also wants to extend or make the $20 car-tab tax permanent, saying that without a huge infusion of money the overall service will be drastically reduced and 70 percent of the riders will be negatively impacted.

We need better accountability before we allow Metro Transit to take more of our hard-earned money.

– Ross Budden, Seattle

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