I took the newish Seattle light rail from downtown to the airport Friday. It was my first time on this new way to get to the airport. M complained about it because it used to take 30 minutes to get to the airport from UW on the express bus and now it takes 90 minutes because that bus has been replaced by the light rail which meanders out there. From downtown it took 40 minutes.
I asked the man I sat next to what he thought about it. His complaint was that everyone rides for free because they never have people checking tickets. It's like the Berlin subway in that you buy a ticket but you don't have to go through any gate. They enforce it by having people randomly board a train and check tickets. He thought they were going to go out of business because so many people didn't pay.
As he was saying this we stopped at a station and these guys got on.