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."

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Free transit passes extended to 600 Edmontonians

Metro Edmonton : "A new City of Edmonton project will give free public transit passes to 600 people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
The PATH (Providing Accessible Transit Here) program, announced Tuesday, expands on a pilot project with several social agencies that targeted at-risk youth.
The Youth Transit Access Project helped 100 people and its success led the city to expand it to include adults."

Saturday, December 10, 2016

These are car costs, just some of them. This is what is reduced when you make buses #farefree

Calgary Herald: "The financial impact of life-altering pedestrian collisions and fatalities in Calgary could be $120 million each year, and possibly higher, according to newly released city figures.  

Calgary’s transportation department recently adopted societal cost estimates from a 2010 report commissioned by the Capital Region Intersection Safety Partnership. 

That study tallied the costs associated with emergency services and medical treatment, legal fees and funerals, travel delay, and productivity lost at work. It also measured the monetary cost of pain, suffering and lost quality of life. "

Friday, April 1, 2016

Free bus passes for newcomers to Medicine Hat suggested

Medicine Hat News: "Free bus passes for newcomers to Medicine Hat was suggested by Martha Munz Gue in a letter to the editor this week.

Gue makes some interesting points about how this could establish a habit that would ultimately increase revenue for the city’s transit service. That would mean less subsidy from municipal taxpayers in the long run. Free bus passes could also be offered to the unemployed temporarily to help them on a limited income, Gue suggested.

There are some cities in Canada that actually have a couple days a year when travelling on the bus is totally free for everyone. It provides an opportunity to experience the service and determine how it would facilitate getting them to work, grocery shopping, etc."

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Alberta government launches transit strategy consultations

Edmonton Journal : "“Public transportation provides options for people to connect to their communities, workplaces, services, recreation centres and so on. It helps people get where they need to go by providing safe, affordable, accessible and environmentally sustainable transportation options,” Mason said. 

The province has created an online public survey for Albertans to give their feedback until April 29. "

Friday, October 30, 2015

Capitalism response to collapse, borrow more, invest in growth and high-tech fight over crumbs.

Edmonton Journal: "There were plenty of goodies for Calgary. The government has budgeted $830 million for a new cancer treatment centre, to be built on the Foothills Hospital campus, right where Calgarians wanted it. The budget also promised what looks like the better part of $3 billion for Calgary’s Southwest Ring Road. The budget also includes $100 million in new money for Calgary and other communities along the Elbow River for flood mitigation."
More of the same in the face of collapse. Oil price too low to make profit and generate tax revenue. But when oil price was high, it was killing growth. So now capitalists fight over crumbs and degrowth not even considered. Probably more cancer will be caused in the building of a high-tech cancer center than will ever be cured by it.

Solution, make buses fare-free and stop wasting money on cars.