.@CJEdmonton organizer @_SaturnReturn will be at Green Drinks on Wednesday night to talk about the how free public transit could help Edmonton get to carbon neutral faster and in a more equitable way.— The Local Good (@localgoodYEG) November 11, 2019
Pay-what-you-can tickets here: https://t.co/wasYAR8235#GreenDrinksYEG pic.twitter.com/YeSNBUxztK
Sunday, November 10, 2019
Saturday, November 2, 2019
Can we talk about #freetransit in @CityofEdmonton ?— tarkington (@tarkingtonU) November 2, 2019
- Decongest roads
- Save $ by hiring less peace officers
- Serious cut down on emissions
- Improve city accessibility for EVERYONE
- Less road repair
- Better parking
Anything to add @doniveson @Scott_McKeen @AndrewKnack
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Q: Would Calgarians sign off on a property tax increase for something like this, realistically?Anti-free-transit debate is focusing on cost. They are able to do that because the costs of the other way to travel - cars - is never accounted.
A: I would like to hope that there are a number of Calgarians that care enough about the environment and enough about making this city accessible that that would be something we care about.
If you take into account all the costs of the auto system to your area, you will find that fare-free public transit will reduce those costs by much more than the loss in fares.
In the US, it would cost about $100 per household per year to make urban buses and trams fare-free. At the same time a family that reduces by one car can save that much every week!
To see an accounting of the direct, indirect, and hidden subsidy of the automobile system, you can find it on this blog, which is dedicated to that purpose.
Friday, October 4, 2019
Myke Atkinson, founder of Free Transit YYC, believes that the current state of accessing the city is working against moving people around in a more climate-friendly and efficient way.
“We're constantly spending money on infrastructure improvements in this city to get over the problems of rush hour and congestion—we're adding more lanes,” he said. “The next lane that you add to Crowchild just convinces more people that, ‘Yeah, I'll take Crowchild. I'll hop in my vehicle.’”
Saturday, October 27, 2018
“It turns out that if we went solely with a property tax hike — which is not what I’m recommending — but if we did that, it would cost, on average, households $160 a year. And everybody gets free transit all the time.”
Part of Paquette’s research looked at studies from Europe where fare-free public transit (FFPT) was done to remove vehicles from the road to reduce emissions.
Friday, March 2, 2018
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
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."