Increasing Credibility of Free Transit


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It’s sometimes lonely being out ahead of the pack. That’s been the case since I first started warning about the probability of increased Toronto-like crime & safety problems here in London and the need for more police, and which has all since come to pass. It’s been the case with my call for prohibitions against the use of plastic bags. It’s been the case with my continued call for a Pedestrian Committee here in London, such as they have in more progressive cities. And it’s the case with my contention that public transit out to be free in the sense that it’s totally funded from tax dollars and no additional cost to those citizens who use it.

You know that an initiative is coming of age when major mainstream news organizations finally start to take interest. That’s what’s happened today, with this Toronto Star article.

Added: Acc. to the 2005 American Community survey, nine out of 10 workers (87.7 percent) use their car to commute to work and most car commuters (77 percent) drive alone. I don’t know what the stats are here (it’d be interesting if City Hall would do a survey) but I’m willing to bet that free transit coupled with financial disincentives to auto transit would make a significant positive impact upon our local environment.

Added: If the City of London, Ontario was truly sincere about it’s so-called support of alternative transit and desire to reduce Single Occupancy Vehicle (SOV) travel, you’d think that it’d be willing to take such minimal first steps as prohibiting cars in the core area and providing free LTC on Earth Day, wouldn’t you?

Other Links:
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
2008/01/09 – FMBS: Ted Kheel’s fight for free public transit
2008/03/05 – TheSpec: Half-price bus passes for the working poor

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One Response to “Increasing Credibility of Free Transit”

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