The Seattle Times reports that new rules may halt Metro's shuttle service to Seafair. Last year, more than 30,000 people used the service to get to the event. More details >>


Anonymous said...

Wow, this is incredibly stupid. Trust the Federal Government to come in and ruin a good thing.

Let me see if I have this straight, we need to give private operators who:

1.) Won't have the fleet size of Metro.
2.) Won't have the experience running the shuttle routes that Metro does.

a chance to run these routes and charge us for a service that used to be free. Also, lets add disrupting the existing service while we wait for a complex bid and award process. Of course, that will take even longer since I'm sure whoever loses will protest. Meanwhile, lets put some more cars on the road, because Seattle sure has room for that. Makes perfect sense to me.

Event shuttle service is one of the things Metro does very well, so this is disappointing news. Let's hope no one bids on these routes and things stay the way they are now. If it isn't broke, don't try to fix it.

Anonymous said...

Let's just be clear...private business does not ALWAYS provide better service. That's why we have taxpayer funded fire deprtments, police departments, school systems and get this one....PUBLIC TRANSIT!

This is another example of a federal agency cramming a political mandate down the throats of the American people.

It's similar to how prisoners in jails can't be put to work doing something productive because it might compete with a business. What a crock!

Unknown said...

compare apples to apples: the metro system is funded by the government taxpayers and doesn;t need to be profitable. they can now charge less than the legitimate business, and that is not right. free enterprise is what fuels the economy, not government subsidies.