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? 

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