Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Survey: Majority want free public transit

A majority of people would like to see public transport funded entirely by taxes, meaning individual users wouldn’t have to buy tickets.
That’s according to a new survey, commissioned by the magazine Reader’s Digest Suisse, whose editors said they wanted to test the perception that most people wouldn’t go so far as to back so-called ‘free’ public transport.
The study found that 51 percent of people overall thought using taxes to fund buses, trams, trains and boats would be a good move.
Supporters of the idea argue that public transport already gets two thirds of its funding from public funds, so why not all of it? Opponents say wealthier people would have to pay more while poorer sections of the population would be the ones to benefit. WorldRadioSwitzerland