Thursday, January 30, 2014

Advocates argue free transit benefits us all

Georgia Straight, Vancouver's News & Entertainment Weekly: "DAVE OLSEN HAS an idea for how to get Metro Vancouver voters engaged in a transit referendum.

Let’s talk about a system where everyone rides free, the environmental consultant suggests.

After all, except for the tolled Golden Ears and Port Mann bridges, roads are free. Yet like transit, car-oriented infrastructure is paid for with tax dollars, noted the former Vancouver resident, who is based on Lasqueti Island.

“Transit is the only mode of transportation that really has a toll,” Olsen told the Georgia Straight in a phone interview. “You can drive anywhere you want for free. And you can bike anywhere you want. And walk anywhere you want.”"

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