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KIRO Radio's Dori Monson says Metro riders could save all the bus routes if they'd just pay a little more when they ride. (AP Photo/file)

Metro riders could save buses with 30 cents more a ride

Taken from Wednesday's edition of The Dori Monson Show.

Metro bus riders had a forum Tuesday night begging the mayor, begging King County Executive Dow Constantine, saying save our buses.

They want their buses saved. They're begging for tax dollars, saying raise your taxes so we can get to work.

I have an idea. If it is what you need to get to your job, why don't you pay an extra 30 cents per ride? That is what it would cost to get the money they say they're lacking on Metro.

They have 400,000 boardings per day. That's $120,000 a day, $840,000 a week, if the riders on Metro would just pay an extra 30 cents every time they get on.

What was amazing to me as I was watching highlights of this meeting was everybody at that meeting had a cell phone. So you can afford a cell phone, but you can't afford another 30 cents every time you ride a bus?

"This is just one more thing that's going to be a hindrance on us. This is one more thing that's going to be taken away from us. This is going to be one more hardship put on us," said one person at the meeting.

Taken away from us? Why? Because you guys won't pay an extra 30 cents each time you ride a bus. You want everybody else to pay for that. We have to pay for your buses? We've got a moochers society.

Taken from Wednesday's edition of The Dori Monson Show.

Correction: An earlier version of this report said $8.4 million where it should have said $840,000.

JS

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