Sunday, November 10, 2019

Edmonton could lead the way in decarbonization with #freetransit

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Benefits of #freetransit to Edmonton

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

To see the true costs of free public transit, one must also see the true costs of cars

Q: Would Calgarians sign off on a property tax increase for something like this, realistically?
A: I would like to hope that there are a number of Calgarians that care enough about the environment and enough about making this city accessible that that would be something we care about.
Anti-free-transit debate is focusing on cost. They are able to do that because the costs of the other way to travel - cars - is never accounted.

If you take into account all the costs of the auto system to your area, you will find that fare-free public transit will reduce those costs by much more than the loss in fares.

In the US, it would cost about $100 per household per year to make urban buses and trams fare-free. At the same time a family that reduces by one car can save that much every week!

To see an accounting of the direct, indirect, and hidden subsidy of the automobile system, you can find it on this blog, which is dedicated to that purpose. 

Friday, October 4, 2019

Free Transit YYC

Myke Atkinson, founder of Free Transit YYC, believes that the current state of accessing the city is working against moving people around in a more climate-friendly and efficient way.

“We're constantly spending money on infrastructure improvements in this city to get over the problems of rush hour and congestion—we're adding more lanes,” he said. “The next lane that you add to Crowchild just convinces more people that, ‘Yeah, I'll take Crowchild. I'll hop in my vehicle.’”

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Cost of #freetransit in Edmonton would be $160/year per household, councillor

He said he got the idea after hearing from a family of four that claims they spend $3,000 a year on transit.

“It turns out that if we went solely with a property tax hike — which is not what I’m recommending — but if we did that, it would cost, on average, households $160 a year. And everybody gets free transit all the time.”

Part of Paquette’s research looked at studies from Europe where fare-free public transit (FFPT) was done to remove vehicles from the road to reduce emissions.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Free Transit in Calgary? Maybe Not as Crazy as it Sounds! : "Then there is the social benefit – by removing all economic barriers to transit, cities are empowering all citizens to explore, to engage, and to contribute. This has the potential to increase your tax base.
And the health benefits – respiratory illnesses due to pollution are common even here in Canada, especially in communities where the single-occupant car is . By eliminating gridlock, there is the potential that health care costs in our single payer system would be reduced. We would also increase overall productivity by decreasing the number of sick days due to illnesses related to pollution. That has a big impact on our local economy.
The more I sit and consider this wild idea, the more I like it. What do you think?"

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Mayor sets sights on free transit for youth 12 and under

Metro Edmonton : "“It’s really just to make it easier for all families but particularly low-income families to be more mobile, and to get out and enjoy the city," Iveson said, after making the information request to administration at a council meeting on Tuesday.

He says the change would help manage congestion during busy events.

Ahmed Bushiha, a downtown resident, says he would "very much encourage” the change as he would prefer to take transit with his eight-year-old son more frequently.

“If it’s free, I would take my son to his school on the LRT instead of in the car,” he said."