Monday, September 27, 2010

Candidate for governor advocates free public transit

After Harlem Heckle, Barron Takes Freedom Party To Steps Of Brooklyn Borough Hall | The New York Observer: "Barron said that there was very little difference between the economic policies of Cuomo and G.O.P. candidate Carl Paladino, and said that his platform consisted of free public transportation, lowering the cost of college tuition, and paying for it all with an income tax on upper income earners."


Justin said...

I have been to NYC and if there is one thing I know, a lot of people use public transportation in the Big Apple. However, NYC's transit system is huge. I do not see a feasible way that the transit system can be kept clean, up to date and mechanically functioning well without the funds from transit fares. We are talking mechanic parts, mechanics and the costs of energy consumption, all of these have to be funded and with today's economy; I do not see a fiscally responsible way to fund NYC's transit system without ridership fees.

fpteditors said...

Well, Justin, you cannot see it now, but keep reading this blog and you will. Our purpose is to show that transit investment actually returns more than the dollars invested. To understand this, you have to understand externalities, which are just a device to allow companies to pollute for free. Fares are unecessary, and exist mainly to ration usage. Thanks for your comment!