Transportation updates: Bus fares, ferry changes

BUS FARES: The Metro adult-fare increases kicked in today. Full details here.

FERRY CHANGES: 3 boats on the Fauntleroy run next weekend; this explains why.

8 Replies to "Transportation updates: Bus fares, ferry changes"

  • I AM A LOSER March 1, 2008 (6:14 pm)

    I think they should jack it up more. Why should I have to subsidize the bus and ferrie’s?

  • CO Transplant March 2, 2008 (12:27 am)

    To “I AM A LOSER”:

    At least you got the user name right.
    We should be happy and proud to subsidize mass transit with our tax dollars. Isn’t that what an enlightened collective society would do? (partly TIC)

  • Rick March 2, 2008 (6:44 am)

    Hey LOSER, you’re correct.

  • pam March 2, 2008 (7:28 am)

    I don’t mind paying for transit, but it bugs me that if husband and I want to go downtown for a few hours, it now costs less for us to drive and park at a meter than it does to take the bus. It’s cheaper if it’s just one of us, but as soon as another person is in the equation…

    I’ll be this is an unpopular idea, but maybe it’s time to increase parking rates downtown, too. It should not cost LESS to drive and park than it does to take the bus.

  • Rockyraccoon March 2, 2008 (1:10 pm)

    Just FYI, the fare you pay to ride the bus only covers about 10% of the actual cost. The rest comes from government subsidies (taxes).

  • Al March 2, 2008 (2:41 pm)

    To those who don’t like supporting transit options as a PUBLIC benefit (i.e. benefits all of us, not just a few)…perhaps all public transportation should immediately cease to exist. No trains, buses, ferries, carpools, trolleys, subways, “L” trains, etc. I wonder what exactly would happen to the road systems…

  • Rick March 2, 2008 (3:12 pm)

    I meant “LOSER”s name to be correct. I rode the ferry daily for 9 years and riders pay 80+% of operating costs. Busses return 14-17% on farebox revenue and we don’t have tolls on roads yet. Or again.(Ooops, forgot Narrows since I don’t have to drive it anymore). Then again, I don’t want to pay to keep the passes open and roads maintained in E.Wa. so maybe we could just have everything airlifted across? It’s all about me, ya know.

  • Gina March 2, 2008 (4:41 pm)

    Uh, if you park downtown all day, after the morning specials (they end at 9:30) the rate, if you can find a spot is 25 dollars plus. You get charged the daily rate, and the night rate if you park from 10:30 am until 8:30 pm.

    Every Metro “service improvement” to West Seattle seems to mean fewer buses running less frequently.

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