Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
WORCESTER - Advocates for a fare-free Worcester bus system filled the City Council chamber Monday night to make their case.
...During 90 minutes of public testimony, 37 people spoke, a vast majority in favor of giving the fare-free system a try.
Those who spoke included representatives from the local business community, college students, environmental advocates, community and social justice activists, and many everyday riders of Worcester Regional Transit Authority buses.
“We can lead to way in Worcester by making public transportation free across the board,” said Candria Gray, co-chair of the Zero Fare Coalition and a frequent WRTA bus rider. “There is a clear demand for a fare-free system. We just need the decision-makers to embrace it.”
Etel Haxhiaj, also with the Zero Fare Coalition, said a fare-free bus system would eliminate a financial burden for many people. That, in turn, would likely increase ridership, she said.
“Worcester is a city of immigrants, refugees and working families who depend on well-connected bus service,” Haxhiaj said. “To pay for bus service is a big deal for them. People recognize the importance of having a reliable, free and dependable bus service. A Worcester renaissance is not a renaissance without a free transportation system that everyone can benefit from.”
Many also spoke about the need to make the bus service more reliable and efficient, to expand service to more areas of the city and to have more frequent buses on many routes.https://www.telegram.com/news/20200224/fare-free-bus-idea-gains-traction-in-worcester
Tanya Whitworth of the Independent Socialist Group said a fare-free WRTA is a crucial first step toward expanding public transportation. Bu,t she added, many bus riders are unhappy with the WRTA’s current reach.
Saturday, February 22, 2020
Friday, February 21, 2020
Public transit is a public good.— Jordan Meehan for State Representative (@JordanForMA) February 20, 2020
Today we're releasing our transit platform:
✅Fare free public transit
✅New progressive revenue
✅Improve the Green Line & buses
✅West Station Now
Read our policy paper here:#mapoli https://t.co/qGT5zH5JMD
Monday, February 17, 2020
"But some experts warn that free rides wouldn't solve the issues besetting many public transit systems, including crumbling infrastructure, infrequent and unreliable service, and routes that take workers nowhere near their jobs."Whataboutism. What about the crumbling infrastructure? What does that have to do with fares? If anything, it shows that charging fares has done nothing for infrastructure.
"For that reason, city leaders should not look at eliminating fares as a "panacea" for transit problems, said Hayley Richardson, a spokeswoman for TransitCenter, a nonprofit group based in New York City that works to improve public transit around the country."Who is claiming a panacea? Name one.
Instead of eliminating fares, Richardson said, cities need to prioritize creating transit systems that actually serve their customers. The best scenario would be cities where buses arrive every five minutes in dedicated lanes and a country where most Americans can walk to transit.Here are 15 cases of free public transit where service was expanded and/or improved after fares were removed: https://fptsuccess.blogspot.com/search/label/%23expand
He said critics rarely ask where the money comes from for other projects, like the hundreds of millions of dollars spent each year on building and maintaining streets or the $325 million to renovate Arrowhead Stadium, where the Kansas City Chiefs play.
"That costs us and local government tens of millions of dollars a year," he said. "So I think the real question people have to ask is 'Do we care about the public?'"https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/do-we-care-about-public-cities-weigh-free-public-transit-n1137561
Sunday, February 16, 2020
That is not the fault of free public transit. That is the fault of the profiteers who used deceptive practices and bullied us into this unsustainable system. By the way, unsustainable means: can. not. continue.
When urban buses are fare-free, car use will hit a tipping point and lose critical mass. Profits will be hit, public investment in autos will lose value. Autosprawl will be exposed. People will see autosprawl welfare for what it is and reject it.
Saturday, February 15, 2020
Cheap oil is over, and what is left in the ground is leveraged and re-hypothecated. The real economy is overwhelmed. It will contract one way or another.
Official world debt is over $250 Trillion. But that amount is trivial compared to the debt we owe the biosphere, a debt that cannot be paid in money.
The purpose of the money printing is to try to push the suffering onto the weak.
Right now, not on cable news, but in real life, wars for energy mean poor people are being tortured, murdered, bombed, and herded into refugee camps, and then the camps are bombed. Local economies are being drained by high interest rates. Ethnic tensions are being stoked, and massacres allowed.
Meanwhile, energy is subsidized and wasted on cars and sprawl.
The best way to reduce the pain is to undo sprawl as rapidly as possible.
Instead, let us stop trying to plan our way out of the auto system mess. Let's take a revolutionary step and make the buses fare-free, and respond to demand. Let the people then, by their choices, show us where the trams, connectors, and network nodes should be.
Thursday, February 13, 2020
The cost of oil is a value-added tax that trickles through every transaction, and every physical activity, in the real economy. Cheap oil production peaked in 2005. Every day since, it takes more joules to get oil to wheels, propellers, and assembly lines than it did the day before. This is a built-in drag on the world economy.
Sitting above the real economy, central banks make up the difference by creating money on their keyboards. This increased debt creates additional economic drag by extracting interest from the real economy.
Any threat to oil-demand is a threat to the bankers. This is why they will attack free public transit.
They want to make riding public transit an unpleasant experience.
Expect attack. Expect intimidation. Expect sowing of doubt and uncertainty.
The #JusticeGuarantee bill by @RepPressley will:— Sunrise Movement 🌅 (@sunrisemvmt) February 11, 2020
✅Guarantee voting rights for EVERYBODY- even if incarcerated
✅Fund zero-fare transit
Creating a livable future for everyone means protecting the rights of homeless, poor and incarcerated people too. pic.twitter.com/mwFL6G8BmM
The success of the scheme in Tallinn led to a demand for free public transport elsewhere in Estonia, and legislation was introduced to allow it to be introduced on a county by county basis. When the legislation came into force on in July last year, 11 out of 15 counties opted to provide free transport. In those counties, public transport trips increased by an average of 32% in the second half of 2018.https://balticword.eu/tallinn-provides-free-public-transport-for-420000-people/
This is why free public transit is so scary to the banksters who have bet too much on oil and sprawl. Free public transit leads to more efficient cities, which leads to more public transit, and so on. They can't stop it.
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
The plateauing of conventional crude oil production in January 2005 was one of the triggers of events leading to the 2008 global financial crash, according to the report. As debt built-up in the subprime mortgage sector, the crude oil plateau drove up the underlying energy costs for the entire economy making that debt more difficult to repay—and eventually resulting in catastrophic defaults. The report warns that “unresolved” dynamics in the global energy system were only temporarily relieved due to "Quantitative Easing"—the creation of new money by central banks. A correction is now overdue, it warns.https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/8848g5/government-agency-warns-global-oil-industry-is-on-the-brink-of-a-meltdown
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
ICYMI: Today, I will be introducing legislation to call for #FreeFares for all subway & bus riders.— Mark Treyger (@MarkTreyger718) February 11, 2020
There is a real opportunity to re-imagine mass transit in New York. How can NYC become a more equitable place AND encourage people to use public transit? Free subways and buses. https://t.co/WlMk9fLi9f
Monday, February 10, 2020
When you add lines, run the routes more often, and make public transit free and accessible to everyone ridership goes up.— Jess Scarane for Senate (@JessforDelaware) February 10, 2020
It takes cars off the road, eases traffic, and lessens emissions.
If you want to fight for it with me, I’ll save ya a seat. 😉 pic.twitter.com/ntaEm9Ub1h
Saturday, February 8, 2020
The typical general-purpose lane of traffic in a city can carry around 1,000-2,000 people per hour. If you create a bus-only lane, that number jumps up to 4,000-8,000 per hour. If you give over more of the street to transit and create a transitway that goes up to 10,000-25,000 people per hour.https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/missing-the-bus/
There is no near-term solution to this paradox except debt default.
To cut their losses, the bankers are mounting a troll attack on the campaign for free public transport. They are setting up straw men, such a claiming that free public transport advocates say that it is a solution to everything.
They are especially concerned about Luxembourg. They are trying to make it all about traffic congestion, and six months in to free transport there, they will have a "study" and declare it a failure.
People will fight back, because they can't afford to get to work, school, shopping, or doctor.
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
China’s oil demand amid the coronavirus outbreak is likely inflicting the worst oil demand shock to markets since the financial crisis of 2008-2009, with Chinese demand plunging by 20 percent compared to the typical demand for the season, sources with inside knowledge of the Chinese industry told Bloomberg.https://oilprice.com/Energy/Crude-Oil/Coronavirus-Could-Cause-Chinas-Oil-Demand-To-Plunge-By-20.html#
Oil price already too low for producers, now, a new threat. Expect more money-printing and bank bailouts. Oil industry is made up of steel and cement. If these assets run under capacity, something has to give.
Public transit is not subsidized, sidewalks are not subsidized, public schools are not subsidized -- they are all public investment that produce benefits far beyond their budgets.
Trolls want to bury us in numbers by treating fares as revenue, and investment as subsidy.
Subsidy means public money going to support for-profit concerns, such as the auto system, for example.
Don't fall for this, reframe the discussion to include the cost of autos and sprawl. What are those costs? Here is a place to find them.
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Meanwhile governments are giving fossil-fuels 10 million US dollars per minute.
Those fossil-fuels are being used to fuel autosprawl.
Autosprawl is a system whereby people live spread out. Every building must be heated and cooled separately. Most activities require a vehicle.
So, many people are going without food, shelter, health, and education so that this system can absorb all the money for the purpose of wasting energy.
Monday, February 3, 2020
Enough, @NYGovCuomo. Your disregard for our diverse communities shows exactly why my call to nationalize public transit and make it free and accessible for ALL is so urgent. Stop these cuts now. pic.twitter.com/O47LBDbZuj— Lauren Ashcraft for NY-12🌹 (@VoteAshcraft) February 3, 2020
All working and poor people are adversely affected.
The very small percent who profit from racism would like us to think that it is about personal preference and there is nothing can be done. That is not true. Racism is for profit, money, power.
We need to show people that when we don't fight racism, we hand victory to our oppressor.