- Homeless will take over
- Buses will be too crowded
- Pedestrians will ride instead of walk
- Bikers will ride instead of bike
But the biggest lie is that fare-free costs too much.
In the US, it would cost about $100 per household per year. Nationwide it would cost about $30 billion. That is not a lot of money compared to what is spent on subsidizing autos, fossil fuel, and sprawl, all of which could be reduced if vehicle miles are reduced.
When your city makes the buses fare-free, here are some the the areas you will save money.
- police costs
- pedestrian infrastructure
- road rage
- fare collection and security
- many more....
The benefits far outweigh the amount of the lost fares.