Letter writer Steve Drake says we should raise the cost of bus fare, or increase the direct-user fee [“Quit subsidizing Metro,” Northwest Voices, Jan. 21]. If we make an assumption that Drake drives a car to get around, I would like to mention a few things to him and people who support his idea.
A loaded bus emits low amounts of pollution per individual, thus saving money in taxes required for environmental cleanup. The one large vehicle takes up less space than just five or six cars on the road, thus aiding in the amelioration of our congested streets. Buses do not take existing parking spaces. If one has trouble purchasing a reliable car, buses provide a way to get to a destination in small chunks. Bus drivers are professional drivers and, for the most part, cause very little public chaos in the way car drivers do frequently. I have been on buses that have a very nice social atmosphere to start the day.
Keep the buses and add the rails. When I restricted my commuting by car, I found after a while that I hated driving to work.
Charles Bell, Seattle