Ted Kheel’s Fight for Free Public Transit


Ted Kheel is a labor attorney/environmentalist who founded the Nurture Nature Foundation and has been lobbying for free transit in New York City for a lot of years. In Feb. 2007 he commissioned a $100,000 study which is expected to be released shortly. Some of the preliminary materials are available online now:

Mini Report is a 6-pg. summary of the study’s preliminary findings; Traffic Analysis Appendix is a 14-pg. outline about the methodology for quantifying the effects of the Kheel Plan on traffic, travel times and New York’s quality of life; and Balanced Transportation Analyzer is a spreadsheet model that links NYC’s tolls, fares, traffic and travel.

This kind of thinking makes a lot of sense to me. Maybe that’s why I’ve also been proposing it for a lot of years.

By charging city drivers a fee, many would be discouraged and congestion would be substantially reduced. It’s reasonable to assume that there would be a corresponding reduction in what it now costs to maintain/widen roads, build parking garages, not to mention the frequency and costs associated with vehicle collisions and police investigations. At the same time, eliminate all fares for public transit and use the congestion fees to help cover that cost.

2005/02/16 – FMBS: Cashless public transit?
2005/02/24 – FMBS: the LTC response…
2005/09/16 – FMBS: LFP poll re public transit
2007/02/12 – New York Sun: Idea of Making Subways Free…
2007/03/20 – FMBS: Transportation choices & their true cost
2007/04/02 – StreetsBlog: …proposal to Robert Moses
2007/04/16 – FMBS: Cheap cars are a hoax
2007/12/18 – Hall Marks: Free transit?
2007/12/19 – Hamilton Spectator: Who else does it?
2007/12/27 – Hamilton Spectator: Free-ride proposal makes sense
2007/12/17 – New York Times: Fare Enough
2007/12/18 – StreetsBlog: Double the congestion charge & make transit free
2007/12/19 – FMBS: Shooting for free transit
2007/12/31 – Carectomy: Hasselt proves free transportation works


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One Response to “Ted Kheel’s Fight for Free Public Transit”

  1. socialscientist Says:

    There are now a website and a blog dedicated to advocating free public transit.



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