Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Monday, December 23, 2019
I support Free Public Transit since car use has hidden costs to society such as higher congestion. Free public Transit is a public good for all. #Freetransit for a more equitable and liveable #ldnont! pic.twitter.com/KIVvmt0dFx— Dirka Prout (@DirkaProut) December 24, 2019
Saturday, December 21, 2019
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Free public transit is a growing movement around the world.https://nowtoronto.com/news/free-public-transit-toronto-john-tory/
According to Free Public Transit: And Why We Don’t Pay To Ride Elevators, there are 200 cities around the world with some form of fare-free transit, and 97 that are completely fare-free.
Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, implemented free transit in 2013, and it was adopted nationwide last year. Luxembourg is another country where transit is free. The idea has also gained traction in the United States. Kansas City is set to become the first major city in North America with free public transit. On December 5, their city council voted unanimously to eliminate bus fares.
Fare-free transit makes sense. Basic mobility is essential for all people for work, household tasks and broader participation in society. Transit should be accessible to all as a public service. After all, we don’t charge user fees for libraries, parks, schools and healthcare.
Sunday, December 15, 2019
Ahem #ottcity could do this within core, key zones like bank street, or loop between market, downtown, lebreton, Gatineau; it all starts with a vision and political will @ShawnMenard1 @cmckenney @rawlsonking @MathieuFleury @JLeiper https://t.co/VwGBDqjQZK— Toon_Dreessen (@Toon_Dreessen) December 15, 2019
Friday, December 13, 2019
But a step forward is not enough; a leap is needed. In September 2018, the city of Dunkirk, France, made public transit completely free for all, funded by a transport tax on companies. Within a month, the city saw ridership increase by up to 85 percent on certain routes. Dozens of other French cities have taken similar measures, and German cities are aiming for it as well. Meanwhile, Estonia introduced free public transit for the entire country in 2018, and Luxembourg plans to do the same in 2020.
Canadian municipalities and provinces need to pursue these sorts of bold, material solutions to the flaws in our transit systems. Doing so will lessen our carbon footprint. Just as importantly, it will open our cities up so that everyone can access them, not just those who can afford to buy a car.https://broadview.org/free-public-transit/
Thursday, December 12, 2019
We're launching a NEW campaign for #freetransit in off-peak hours, new and improved @OC_Transpo services, and democratic transit decision making at city hall! Our Campaign Launch will take place on January 22nd at Avant-Garde Bar. RSVP: https://t.co/2pqN1xpsfH ✊🚍🎙️ pic.twitter.com/KSGL2RrKAR— Free Transit Ottawa (@freetransitott) December 12, 2019