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Transit money is not wasted
Please vote yes for free fares on Island Transit for many reasons, most of which have been mentioned. It seems to me there are about a dozen upsides to having free transit and one small downside, 3 cents on every $10 dollars.
Something like leaving a 15 cent tip for a $50 dollar dinner. Most would think that unthinkable and most of us leave around 20 percent. I wonder how many of the people that want fees charged to seniors and so many others, that have financial issues these days, do not hesitate to buy beer, soda, junk food and all the others ways we humans throw away our money and ruin our health at the same time.
I have only used the system around 15 times in the 9 years I have lived in Coupeville but have used buses and subways in the many years I lived in Chicago and Los Angeles. Where there is money and no one or few people on a bus and also in rural, isolated areas like we have here there will be robberies and other crimes.
We never know when anyone of us would be thankful to have all the bus routes if we can’t drive or get a ride or gas goes to $5 or $10 a gallon.
Then of course there will be more loss of business which is already a serious situation. Taxis get lost, show up late if at all, more accidents, etc. if anyone thinks this is a better option.
Analyze, think, analyze, think and please vote.