Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Free Transit Edmonton launches transit week, a challenge to city leaders to ride public transit

A coalition of transit advocates launched a campaign Monday for free public transportation in Edmonton.

"We want to see public transit funded like our libraries, schools, hospitals and other public services — open and accepting of all, regardless of their ability to pay," said Laura Kruse an organizer with Free Transit Edmonton. 
The group argues free transit would increase ridership and help alleviate poverty; it also wants to see an improved transit system to make it more appealing and accessible for people to use every day.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/free-transit-edmonton-coalition-1.5466536? 

Monday, February 10, 2020

Free Transit Edmonton now has a website

#freepublictransit best idea since public healthcare and public education

Everybody's talking about it. It's the latest, best policy idea to come from the left since public healthcare and public education – it's free (and good!) public transit. We don't pay to go to the park, we don't pay to ride elevators, we don't have toll roads – so why do we pay for public transit? We already pay for most of the costs of public transit, "free" transit is just properly funding transit with public money, which we get by taxing the rich. When we eliminate fares for everyone we reduce carbon pollution, traffic and the cost of living not to mention all the positive economic effects and the reconciliation, racial justice and accessibility issues that are addressed with free transit.
https://www.theprogressreport.ca/free_transit_for_all 

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Hidden cost of cars, cleanup of oil wells

A new report suggests cleaning up all of the old and unproductive oil and gas wells in Alberta will cost between $40 billion and $70 billion.
https://www.cbc.ca/amp/1.5089254? 

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Edmonton - Oil industry wants public transit to be as unpleasant as possible

Monday, January 27, 2020

Alberta, Canada - St. Albert mayor considering #freepublictransit

During a committee discussion around a free transit pilot for seniors, Heron asked her council colleagues if they would be willing to support making St. Albert’s bus system fare-free for local routes.
“It would cost us, but maybe that's something we need to look at,” Heron told the Gazette during a year-end interview last week. “Every time you get one person on the bus, that's one car off the road.”

... If council approves the seniors transit pilot, seniors would join youth as the second demographic the city is targeting to test-drive free local transit. The youth pilot began last March, and during budget deliberations council decided to extend it until the end of 2020, which is estimated to cost $19,000.
Ridership among youth has more than tripled since the pilot began, increasing from 1,400 trips per month before the pilot to 5,980 trips per month.
https://www.stalberttoday.ca/local-news/examining-the-merits-of-free-rides-for-all-2020294?