Dean Bolton, manager of fleet and transit, has written a report that proposes the public ride free for that week in an effort to promote the city's transit system. He writes that it is common practice in other municipalities to offer free service at various times during the year.
The city's transit advisory committee initiated the request, Bolton indicates. He said if ridership is increased, then the municipality will qualify for more gas tax funding from the province. The Lindsay Post
Thursday, November 26, 2009
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Thursday, November 19, 2009
...All London ratepayers (through local taxes and transfers from the federal and provincial levels of government) should pay the full cost of public transit, whether they use it or not. That would create the meaningful disincentive that’s needed to get people out of cars and into buses.
In addition to the elimination of the costs that are associated with the procurement and maintenance of fare boxes, the production/sales & distribution/operating costs of the various forms of fares, the reduction of cars on our roads would have a HUGE positive impact on costs like assessing, creating, maintaining, widening, and extending roads. And what HUGE value should be attributed to the reduction that would take place in the amount of toxic emissions that are currently polluting our atmosphere? Especially if the LTC and the City would take a serious look at LRT (light rail transit)?... Greg Fowler, London, Ontario
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