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. "