This post originally appeared on Orphan Road.

Catching up on my reading after a long, much needed vacation, and I see we’re going to get treated to not one, but two bus fare hikes in the next couple of years.

I sort of wish there was more predictability to these fare increases, so they didn’t seem to hit people off guard like this. But I guess you can’t plan a budget that way, without knowing what your expenses are going to be.

While bus fares in Seattle are relatively cheap, compared to other cities, I think Metro should try and do something positive with the fare increase to give people the sense that their money is going somewhere besides fuel (which they can’t see). Cleaner buses, for example. It doesn’t have to be expensive, just something.

I’ll have a transit-centric edition of the old “what I did on my Summer vacation” essay coming in the next few days.