So, in the City of Seattle, Pike’s Place Market is one of the most famous tourist spots in the state, and there are constantly cars driving down this narrow brick road, far too many for the space. On top of this, transit in the city costs $2.50 each way, and charges $0.25 for transfers, costing more during peak times, and when you do drive down in that area there is absolutely no parking, and cars don’t move anyways due to traffic. Want to get a bus pass? You will have to ride the bus at least 40 times in a calendar month for it to be worth it. It is valid for that calendar month, and you get no discount if you buy it after the first of the month. If you take the bus during peak transit times it charges your balance on top of the $104 you already spent to get a monthly bus pass. February is the same cost as October. It always expires at the end of the month.
Some people say we should ban cars in Pike’s Place, and the reason the Department of Transportation gives is that it’s a deeply rooted Seattle ritual, and if we question why cars are allowed in this highly congested area, other parts of the city will be put into question.
So I’m just going to say it, cars should be banned between Battery and Yesler on 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Avenues. Bell Street Park should be pedestrian only, and taking any form of mass transit in the City of Seattle should be FREE. Also, increase the parking tax.