Friday, March 8, 2013

Read the truth about the Austin, Texas free transit period 1989-1990.

Free Fare Period, 1989-90 | Bus Riders Union of Austin, Texas | El Sindicato de Pasajeros: "The program's success was immediate. Ridership for bus service outside of UT Shuttle and STS soared by 80 percent. More Austinites were riding the bus, but there was no proportionate increase in crime outside of drunk passengers, who, if not bothering anyone, is hardly a burden on the system. The Cost per Passenger plummeted, indicating much greater system efficiency, and costs only increased in line with other years when fares were collected. It was so successful that the entire following year, 1990, was scheduled for free fares."

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