conversation : "The biggest drawback to free public transport schemes is the lack of funds from fares to cover maintenance and upgrades. "Another attack on fare-free transit. It takes a lot of "education" and "academic research" for these trolls to come up with the old "we need the money" bs.
It's a matter of accounting. Bus systems are considered money-losers because the true cost of the auto system is never considered. The auto-system requires billions in subidy and maintenance and has billions more in negative consequences.
One would think an "academic" would be able to see the big picture.