Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Calling all fossil-fuel trolls

The campaign for free public transit is steadily gaining. We are in 16 countries. We have candidates. We have mayors, councilors, professors, and more and more readers and supporters.

In response, the autosprawl industry has called out their trolls.

Some trolls are genteel--writing politely that "free transit cannot work"--ignoring the fact that it already does. But then there are the nasty trolls. They like to sign themselves "angry bus rider" or such. They have dropped the bogus "buses will become homeless shelters" chorus and they have taken up the equally bogus "we can't afford it" chorus.

But we know that certain investments actually make money. Studies show that taking the fares off of urban buses and trams actually pays for itself many times over.