Thursday, February 7, 2019

Why people in rural areas should support urban fare-free #publictransit

There are a hundred good reasons for fare-free public transit. Not the least is that it saves money.

But, specifically, how would it benefit rural areas?

Answer: by fighting sprawl.

Sprawl threatens the peace and quiet of rural areas. Farms are surrounded by housing developments and subject to complaints from new residents.

Sprawl needs tax money for schools, roads, and utilities. Developers often take profit from home sales and leave municipal costs for the residents. So rural people will likely see more taxes.

Roads will be more crowed. Rural roads are dangerous, often without shoulders and drainage. More traffic -- more collisions.