Saturday, August 3, 2019

Is #freetransit a threat to capitalism?

When they get in office, city mayors soon understand the benefits of fare-free urban buses and trams.

Most cities spend quite a lot on things like parking, collisions, police, health, congestion, and pedestrian infrastructure. A reduction in vehicle-miles traveled would bring immediate relief and reduce costs more than the amount of lost revenue.

Mayors from many cities have suggested making urban public transit fare-free:

  • San Francisco
  • New York
  • Paris
  • Houston
  • Dayton
  • Durham

We try to document them here.

Then they get that phone call. Suddenly they go quiet.