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April 9, 2014 at 4:37 PM

King County Prop. 1: Bus drivers need high pay to keep up with cost of living

Seattle should be proud that it pays its drivers so well for a challenging and responsible job that requires quick thinking and sound judgment [“King County Metro Transit still has work to do; vote no on Prop. 1,” Opinion, April 7].

As The Seattle Times point out elsewhere, living costs such as housing are very high in Seattle, and our drivers should be able to live in the city where they work.

Cuts in bus service would affect more than college students. Route 36 across Beacon Hill to downtown is packed most of the time with workers or elderly immigrant shoppers heading to the International District. Other important routes would also be cut or even eliminated, on top of route cuts this past year, at a high cost to citizens.

Proposition 1 is crucial to maintaining service, at least until the Legislature finally passes a comprehensive transportation bill that supports public transit.

Jonis Davis, Seattle

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