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April 2, 2014 at 12:37 PM

King County Prop. 1: Buses are the lifeline of our community

Proposition 1 will soon be put to a vote. It funds public transportation ["Should voters invest in roads, transit?” Opinion, March 30].

Proponents estimate there will be 30,000 more cars on our streets if this proposition does not pass.

I am a frequent bus rider. The buses I ride are usually well-used. In rush hour, they are standing-room-only. I use the buses because they are fast, safe and convenient.

I am getting to the age when driving will no longer be possible. Bus riding will become my only transportation option. The population is aging; I have a lot of peers.

I am concerned that many voters — who do not use public transportation — will not see the necessity of passing Proposition 1. I have heard many reasons for not taking the bus: “There are homeless people on the bus!” “I might get lost.” “I hate waiting for the bus.” “Everyone I know drives.” “Buses are for the lower-class people.”

All of these “reasons” are suspect: homeless people ride as I do — they do not attack. Learning to use the bus system is easy. Checking the bus schedule cuts wait time. So everyone you know pollutes our air by driving? Buses carry mostly middle-class people.

So much prejudice, and so little understanding that public transportation is the lifeline of the community.

Anne Thureson, Seattle

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