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."