Friday, March 1, 2019

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Toronto mayoral candidate calls for fare-free #publictransit

Free public transit could combat both economic inequality and climate disturbances. And, if paid for by fees on automobility, fare-less transit could be part of a serious challenge to private, car-centred transit and urban planning.
At Toronto's first mayoral debate Saron Gebresellassi called for fare-free transit. By detailing a bold proposal the left-wing mayoral candidate steered the other candidates to bemoan ballooning fare costs and suggest eliminating some of them.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Quebec Concordian calls for #freetransit

The truth is, we’re living in a time when free public transportation should be seen as a basic human right. We at The Concordian believe public transit should be free for all—even if you aren’t a senior or a full-time student. There are way more benefits to free public transit than there are disadvantages. For one, we would significantly lessen our carbon footprint. If people used less cars and more public transit, the environment would be less exposed to harsh gasses.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Quebec party promises fare-free #publictransit for seniors and students

montrealgazette The free fares would be available to full-time students regardless of age and to people over 65 everywhere in Quebec, Couillard said. The Liberal party estimates the promise will cost $200 million a year.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Montreal: writer calls for fare-free public transport would be interesting to see how the plan would flow if it did come into action. Because honestly, we could all use a little bit of cheap transit. Especially after all of the construction along the STM and the new REM being built this year, we deserve it.

A possible next step could be to adopt Sainte-Julie's tactics and just make public transport free altogether! Who knows what will come in the near future from Quebec's political parties.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Quebec, killer heat wave A heat wave in the southern part of the Canadian province of Quebec has been linked to 54 deaths, officials say.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Montreal mayor considering #freetranst for seniors and children

Plante pitches ambitious public transit ridership plan | CTV Montreal News: "She also is considering making public transit free for seniors as has been the case in Laval for the past four years – as well as for children.

Projet Montreal’s platform also promised a reduced fee of up to 40 per cent for low-income Montrealers."

Monday, February 19, 2018

Biggest fear about #freetransit? People will like it.

If public transit is fare-free, more people will ride. That is the basic fear of autosprawl profiteers. When there are few alternatives to driving an auto, they have no problem getting billions of tax dollars for the for-profit auto and sprawl system, but if more people take public transit, it will threaten their profits. They are scared.

To get cars off city streets and fight pollution, Germany to offer free public transport | Montreal Gazette: "But it could also overburden public transport networks in major cities such as Berlin, Hamburg or Munich that are already bustling during rush hours. The plans, some fear, would result in an exponential rise in associated costs because of costly network expansions."

Friday, October 6, 2017

#freetransit advocate running for mayor of Montreal

NM Noticias: "Denis Coderre lanzó la ofensiva en su campaña a la reelección a la alcaldía de Montreal. El candidato lanzó su plataforma y dejó un par de sorpresa en materia de transporte público.

En específico, las dos promesas importantes de Coderre son: una tarifa “social” y la gratuidad de todo el transporte público durante cuatro fines de semana del año.

En el caso del metro y autobuses gratuitos, el actual alcalde explicó que si recibe un nuevo mandato impondrá cuatro fines de semana, que serán elegidos sobre la base de cuatro eventos importantes que se realicen en la ciudad."

Monday, October 2, 2017

Experts Say Montreal's STM Buses And Metros Should Be 100% Free

MTL Blog: "A Montreal-based research institute has found, after an intensive study, that Montreal’s public transit should be completely free to users. 

In a report released yesterday, Institut de recherche et d'informations socio-économiques (IRIS) said that making bus and metro rides on the STM would actually save the city money. "

Benefits of free public transit would outweigh costs

Montreal News: "A Montreal think tank is suggesting public transportation in the city should be free to ease traffic headaches and cut greenhouse gas emissions.
The group points out free transit would cost a lot less than the subsidies already given to car drivers."

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Writer calls for #freetransit in Montréal, suggests how to implement

Cult MTL: "Offering free public transit on special occasions is a great first step, but the city needs to go much farther. Ideally, all public transit should be accessible. The simplest way to do that is to make it free to all at all times, but I recognize that progressive ideas are often implemented progressively, so let’s start with a few baby steps:

• Issue free transit passes to social assistance recipients. Public transit is unaffordable on a welfare income, and lack of mobility makes it harder for the poor to find work or to shop outside their communities. Free transit could help offset the problem of “food deserts,” the lack of decent local grocery stores common in poorer districts. This is a huge gesture that will cost virtually nothing.

• Offer free transit days on a more regular basis. Start with free weekends during the summer months to encourage public participation in all the festivals we’re already subsidizing.

• Keep the metro running all night on New Year’s and Nuit Blanche, but make it and the night buses free to encourage even more people to leave their cars at home (or to turn down lifts from friends who are driving drunk)."

Thursday, May 11, 2017

#Climate hammers Quebec with floods, but #freetransit is "too expensive."

Montreal Gazette: "“We’ve known for 20 or 25 years that this was happening,” he told The Gazette. “What (scientists) got wrong was how fast. Twenty-five years ago we thought these things would start happening in 2040 or 2050. Very few scientists thought it would be happening so quickly. So what science is telling us is that the climate is much more sensitive to temperature increases than it was believed just two decades ago, 15 years ago, even 10 years ago.

“The number of natural catastrophes from forest fires to droughts have basically increased by a factor of four since the 1970s. So we can’t say that the (specific) flooding events we’re seeing is a result of climate change, but we can say that because of climate change these types of episodes and catastrophes are becoming more and more frequent.”

....He said people in Quebec should focus on what they can do in their personal lives to reduce fossil fuel use, particularly when it comes to transportation. But more important is letting elected officials know that reversing climate change should be a priority on the municipal, provincial and federal levels."

Friday, April 21, 2017

Transit cops or free transit? : "If fare disputes is the leading reason for verbal and physical violence against operators and fare collectors, then we need to look seriously at eliminating fares from transit services. Not looking at this option is simply irresponsible. Can we provide the service free at the point of use and fund it like other free public services through progressive taxation? This question is not even being asked but now is the time to raise it."