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…More
I appreciate Jonathan Martin’s fresh perspectives at The Seattle Times. But his column about tax proposals left out some important details about the Metro proposal [“Prepare for the groan of tax fatigue,” Opinion, Jan. 27]. First, the proposed vehicle license fee would include a rebate for low-income households, which helps make it less regressive….More
Fund Metro with a real estate tax Let’s pass on the expense of good transit on to those who use it [“Constantine: Let’s vote on car-tab fees and sales tax for Metro, roads,” Local News, Jan. 14]. Metro transit could be saved by having a real estate tax on buildings that have insufficient off-street parking….More
Frequent crimes on buses should send a message to Metro management
At a time when the number of bus routes in Seattle has been reduced and more frequent violent incidents on Metro buses have been reported in the media, we are now treated to the news that a hardworking man simply doing his job — in what must be a trying and potentially dangerous circumstances — has been fired for reacting to a personal attack [“Metro bus driver fired after assault on passenger,” NWSaturday, Dec. 14].
Exactly how much abuse should Metro drivers take from an increasingly uncivil public? I would feel much safer taking the bus if I knew that the bus driver has the authority to maintain order — yes even to the point of self-defense or retributive violence.