FREE RIDE

The value has been proved of an 18-month experiment providing free bus rides within the large downtown area which covers a 105-block section and includes the city's governmental, financial and retail districts. The system is operated by the municipality of Metropolitan Seattle, a federation of local governments known as Metro responsible for regional environmental problems and mass transit. The City of Seattle paid $64,000 (the first year) and tax funds to make the free rides possible. Within a few weeks of the project's inaugration the bus riders more than doubled, business increased notably, traffic congestion was eased, and gasoline consumption was reduced. A survey (a year after the service began) revealed that more than half of all downtown employees were using the buses more often. A third of all boardings were for trips within the free-ride zone, and amounted to 12,000 daily trips. More than 1000 workers reported they were now taking a bus rather than their cars to get to the job. Some 2,500 daily auto trips are believed to have been eliminated by the Metro system.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Exxon Corporation

    1251 Avenue of the Americas
    New York, NY  USA  10020
  • Publication Date: 1975-3

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 28-29
  • Serial:
    • Lamp
    • Volume: 57
    • Issue Number: 1

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00083717
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 8 1981 12:00AM