King County Metro Transit will be spending $500,000 of federal money to buy ticket machines for use along Third Avenue, where 40,000 riders a day get on and off buses.

King County Metro Transit will be spending $500,000 of federal money to buy ticket machines for use along Third Avenue, where 40,000 riders a day get on and off buses.

Kevin Desmond, Metro general manager, says this could be a first step toward a cashless system someday. The idea is to have riders get a ticket before boarding instead of standing at the front of the bus trying to find the right change in pocket, purse or wallet while others stand outside waiting.

Riders with tickets would help keep buses on schedule, a problem that could become worse when the free-ride zone downtown ends on Sept. 29.

What do you think, Metro riders? Do you like the way things are now, or would you rather buy your tickets to ride off the bus?

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