Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Public transit - an essential public service

Farefreenz recent contribution to a discussion comparing overseas fare structures which featured on

Hey …let’s also look at the system in Hasselt, Belgium, where there are no fares! And no more traffic gridlock!
Public transport should be regarded as an essential public service and be fare-free – a relatively simple way to help reduce traffic congestion and pollution big time in these days of global warming.
Fares only contribute a portion of the cost, but cost an enormous amount to collect. Why bother? There are other ways to pay for public transport – for starters the millions of dollars currently being spent on building more and more roads (which we all know will be clogged up in no time), could be diverted to urgently upgrade Auckland’s public transport. A vast integrated network of modern low-emission buses and electric trains could be rapidly moving people about, with no delays as passengers get on and off without having to fumble for change or cards.
If we are really serious about getting people out of cars and on to public transport, making it fare-free and frequent is the way to go.

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1 comment:

  1. Just so you know. In Ontario, Canada, classifying transit as an "essential service" means they can prohibit strikes by transit workers. But if it is so essential that they need to bar strikes, then why not fully fund it and take away the fares.