Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Fare-free would expand ridership and increase the buy-in of the public

Free Transit Edmonton (FTE) says free and effective transit is a matter of economic, climate and racial justice, and needs to be viewed as an essential service like public health care and education. The coalition of citizens challenged city councillors and the mayor to only use transit for one week to ensure they see “it from a deeper level than this kind of far-off policy view.” Councillors Aaron Paquette, Ben Henderson, Scott McKeen and Andrew Knack accepted.

...“The idea of fare-free transit is such an effective intervention, not only to serve the most vulnerable in our city but … it would expand ridership by quite a lot and increase the buy-in that the public has in the transportation system,” said Kruse.
https://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/more-connected-and-more-just-coalition-launches-campaign-for-free-transit-in-edmonton 

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?