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Seattle's transit system struggles as
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Posted By: NorthernDog, 4/12/2022 9:17:29 AM

SEATTLE – Seattle’s Link Light Rail is a freeloader’s paradise. There are no turnstiles, so passengers are supposed to either buy a ticket or tap their pre-paid card. But so few riders are paying, fares are currently covering just 5% of the system’s operating costs, a fraction of the 40% mark Sound Transit set as a requirement. At a recent Sound Transit Board meeting, the outgoing CEO summed up the situation. "Our fare collection system relies overwhelmingly on an honor system," Peter Rogoff said, "and our increasingly acute problem is that our riders aren’t honoring the system." By one measurement


Seattle's new motto must be 'Kick Me'.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Jesuslover54 4/12/2022 9:21:56 AM (No. 1126221)
Serves you right, you anarchic fools.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: planetgeo 4/12/2022 9:26:41 AM (No. 1126230)
The Honor System only works if you have honorable people. Seattle no longer has honorable people. It is crumbling in every facet of its society. And so too will go the United States if honorable people can't be in charge again.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Quigley 4/12/2022 9:40:31 AM (No. 1126250)
But paying for something that should be free is racist. It’s there for all to see and telling people that some white man construct says you can’t use it unless you pay just isn’t going to work in the Woke Age. Maybe cities can print their own money.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Ribicon 4/12/2022 9:44:06 AM (No. 1126255)
High comedy shows disconnect between liberal "thought" and the cold, hard world. FTA: "Sound Transit did away with fare enforcement officers after a study revealed people of color were disproportionately getting fined. Instead, the system now relies on fare ambassadors." "But instead of removing fare evaders from the train, fare ambassadors ask a series of questions starting with a request for identification. About 76% of the free-riding passengers refuse to produce valid ID, which makes it impossible to issue a warning."
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Reply 5 - Posted by: jalo1951 4/12/2022 9:48:07 AM (No. 1126260)
I assumed that the only people who needed to pay were white, straight, men. Everyone else gets a freebie just because. Asshats.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Rumblehog 4/12/2022 9:51:11 AM (No. 1126266)
Their "Honor System" acts as a great barometer showing the scarcity of the characteristic these days. Bidet will soon announce that his Bilge Bark Broke program will cover mass transit systems across the nation to make them solvent again. Blue States can always depend on the Federal government's ability to print money as their "salvation" when their State policies fail miserably... just look a the "Big Dig" in Massachusetts for one hideous example.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: padiva 4/12/2022 9:53:51 AM (No. 1126267)
They need to switch to a bookkeeping system that doesn't require accountability. (Problem solved. /s)
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Reply 8 - Posted by: navybrat 4/12/2022 10:07:12 AM (No. 1126289)
"Honor among thieves"?
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Reply 9 - Posted by: GoodDeal 4/12/2022 10:08:09 AM (No. 1126291)
Pass the kleenex please. Simple solution is to raise taxes. Since people have to walk no matter what put a transit tax on shoes.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: VirtuDawg 4/12/2022 10:14:08 AM (No. 1126298)
The major common trait among "progressives" is that their policies -- especially their socialistic ones -- completely ignore human nature. As a result, instead of their goal of utopia, all they achieve is dystopia.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Anti_democRAT 4/12/2022 10:17:03 AM (No. 1126302)
Leftists demand public services but want someone else to pay.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: smokincol 4/12/2022 10:19:04 AM (No. 1126306)
this is what happens when the commies take over and we are seeing it on a much larger scale with our federal government, "what a revoltin' development this is" (Jimmy Durante)
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Reply 13 - Posted by: 3XALADY 4/12/2022 10:22:20 AM (No. 1126312)
DH and I rode the Metro to Cardinal baseball games 25 years ago before we moved to Florida. A certain portion of the population never purchased a $1 ticket and the 'cops' of that persuasion never checked to see if they had a ticket. It was so obvious.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: MindMadeUp 4/12/2022 10:23:34 AM (No. 1126315)
Failure of the Honor System proves that previously people of color were "disproportionately getting fined" because people of color disproportionately lack honor.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: The Remnants 4/12/2022 10:23:48 AM (No. 1126317)
More third-world stuff.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: Maggie2u 4/12/2022 10:31:51 AM (No. 1126326)
My husband retired from Transit in 1998. He worked there 30 years. Started out as a driver, then supervisor, instructor, base manager and finally the Schedule department in charge of the Trolley schedules. A few weeks ago there was a story about how bums (I refuse to call them homeless) would get on a bus and cause problems, just like when they're on the street, defecating, using drugs harassing passengers, you know, the usual. Yesterday there was a story about the Seattle Police Department how they don't have enough officers to investigate rapes or other sex crimes. So only about 1% are even looked at. Seattle, once a lovely city with fairly nice citizens has become worse than most cities in Third World countries.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: zephyrgirl 4/12/2022 10:39:57 AM (No. 1126335)
Denver's light rail has the same stupid system - no turnstiles, and everyone on the honor system to buy tickets. They have to pay transit cops to ride on the cars and randomly check for tickets. What idiot designs a system like that/
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Reply 18 - Posted by: laurenc 4/12/2022 10:49:22 AM (No. 1126347)
A democratic idiot.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: Highlander 4/12/2022 11:28:14 AM (No. 1126382)
Systems run by socialists fail in every way. The very premise of socialism is based on nothing but wishful thinking. It disregards natural laws and human nature. It is a chaotic clubhouse of fools. It has to be enforced by tyrants to “work.”
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Reply 20 - Posted by: Rich323 4/12/2022 11:51:05 AM (No. 1126421)
The word Honor and socialists/communists does not belong in the same sentence let alone a the same city.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: rochow 4/12/2022 2:15:55 PM (No. 1126581)
Seattle being a lefty town is experiencing what lefties do best: freeloading!!
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Reply 22 - Posted by: jeffkinnh 4/12/2022 2:46:40 PM (No. 1126623)
"Our fare collection system relies overwhelmingly on an honor system," + 70% of all passengers are free riders = riders are NOT honorable. Of course since many are "people of color" that seems to be OK. Very sad. Dems have destroyed the concept of ethical behavior. What's left is very, very ugly.
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Reply 23 - Posted by: DVC 4/12/2022 3:05:06 PM (No. 1126644)
Idiots expect people to pay when not forced. Yeah, more Marxist insanity.
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Reply 24 - Posted by: formerNYer 4/12/2022 3:46:53 PM (No. 1126675)
Maybe "people of color" were getting disproportionately fined because "people of color" were disproportionately not paying the fare? Just a guess, I don't want to be labeled a racist. Then again, I voted for Trump, so I'm already a racist.
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Reply 25 - Posted by: Kumoan 4/12/2022 4:40:21 PM (No. 1126723)
The honor system in a town full of demorats?
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Reply 26 - Posted by: doctorfixit 4/12/2022 7:58:38 PM (No. 1126890)
Seattle - City of Thieves, Layabouts, Dirty Hippies and Violent Anarchists.
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Reply 27 - Posted by: mifla 4/13/2022 6:52:59 AM (No. 1127150)
Mountains of evidence throughout the country that Dem policies fail miserably. Yet the sheeple continue to vote for Dems.
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