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Advocates Argue Free Transit Benefits Us All
Pablo, Carlito
Article
2014
The Georgia Straight
Pablo analyzes the economic, environmental, and social benefits that a fareless public transportation system would provide Canadian cities.
Cities Need More Public Transit, Not More Uber and Self-Driving Cars
Cashman, Kevin
Article
2016
Truthout
In the near future, it is likely that cities will come under intense pressure to sacrifice public transportation in favor of new, private, car-dependent alternatives, even at a time when city planners...
Delusions of the Tech Bro Intelligentsia
Frase, Peter
Article
2013
Jacobin
With employees of the Bay Area Rapid Transit system on strike, the Silicon Valley tech elite has reminded us all that despite their enlightened Bay Area lifestyles, they are still, at root, a bunch of...
"It's not just 2 pesos; It's the country:" Mexico City's #PosMeSalto Movement Protests Rising Transit Costs
Knoll, Andalusia
Article
2014
Upside Down World
The author surveys the 2 peso transit fare hike in Mexico within the context of the country's suffering ecomomy and low living wage to showcase why the decision is a mistake.
Next Door to BC, the Bus Is Free
Olsen, Dave
Article
2007
The Tyee
Olsen writes about his experience with fare-free transit on Whidbey Island, debunking myths about the inefficiency, impracticality, and unsustainability of such a system.
No Fares!
Time for a free ride on public transit
Article
2007
The Tyee
This series of articles in The Tyee takes a hard look at fare hikes and spending priorities by B.C.'s transit planners, as well as rising greenhouse emissions and pollution by the private automobile, ...
No Hassle Transit? Try Hasselt
Olsen, Dave
Article
2007
The Tyee
A consideration of Belgium's transit infrastructure and fare-free system implementation as a model for BC to draw upon.
Off the Rails - The Rise and Fall of the Streetcar
Ross, Jonmarc
Article
2016
Museum of the City
A history of the streetcar in the United States, beginning with the need for a modern, cost-efficient form of public transit, to its surging popularity, and ending with the General Motors conspiracy t...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - March 18, 2017
Public Transit
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2017
Connexions
Public transit – good affordable public transit – is key to a liveable city. Around the world, there are movements of transit riders fighting for better public transit. A key perspective guiding many...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - November 7, 2016
Depression and Joy
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2016
Connexions
It’s a difficult thing to measure, but there are strong reasons for believing that the number of people struggling with depression has increased significantly in recent decades. Despite the evidence t...
Paying for 'Free' Transit
Olsen, Dave
Article
2007
The Tyee
Olsen discusses the politics surrounding funding options for transit systems outside of passenger fare to support a fare-free system and proposes shifting spending costs towards avenues that favour ri...
Public transit is a women's issue
Drimonis, Toula
Article
2016
Richochet
Drimonis highlights the problem of sexual harrassment of female passengers and the failure of transit officials to address this problem.
The real reason American public transportation is such a disaster
Stromberg, Joseph
Article
2015
Vox
Stromberg dissects socials attitude regarding public transit in the United States, where infrastructure in most cities was designed with automobile dependency in mind, thereby causing transit to be be...
Rio fare protesters seize main station and let commuters travel free
Watts, Jonathan
Article
2014
The Guardian
Watts discusses the economic and political impetus for the seizure of Rio de Janeiro's transit stations by the public in a protest against rising fare prices.
Rio fare protesters seize main station and let commuters travel free
Riot police, teargas and stun grenades fail to stop passe livre movement taking over Central do Brasil train and bus hub
Watts, Jonathan
Article
2014
The Guardian
Thousands of commuters were shepherded through demolished ticket gates at the Central do Brasil station amid a violent confrontation over proposed fare rises that resulted in fires, arrests and disrup...
Seven News
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1970
Seven News
Seven News (7 News) was a community newspaper published in the area of Toronto east of downtown which at the time was known as Ward 7. Seven News was published from 1970 to 1985. Seven News is no long...
17 Reasons (or More) to Stop Charging People to Ride the Bus
Olsen, Dave
Book
2007
The Tyee
Olsen outlines a proposal for how to implement a fare-free transit system using already existing examples from around the world that are supported by their level of success and positive effects on the...
17 Reasons (or More) to Stop Charging People to Ride the Bus
The case for Fare-Free Transit
Olsen, Dave
Article
2007
The Tyee
The time has come to stop making people pay to take public transit. Why do we have any barriers to using buses, trolleys, SkyTrain? The threat of global warming is no longer in doubt. The hue and cry ...
Size matters: What Berlin's rapid transit would look like in Toronto
Young, Leslie
Article
2014
Global News
Young contrasts her experiences using the transit systems in Berlin and Toronto so as to offer ideas for improving the TTC's comparatively underwhelming service.
Size matters: What Berlin’s rapid transit would look like in Toronto
Young, Leslie
Article
2014
Global News
Berlin has about 600,000 more people than Toronto and encompasses about 250 more square kilometers, so it's reasonable to expect there to be more subway lines. But not this many: Berlin has 25 subway ...
Transit Irony: The More You Rely on It, the More They Cut
Winslow, Samantha
Article
2014
Labor Notes
Winslow discusses the transit situation in Pittsburgh, where officials are implementing a series of budget cuts and fare hikes without improving service to the large number of riders who depend on the...
Transit Irony: The More You Rely on It, the More They Cut
Winslow, Samantha
Article
2014
Labor Notes
Transit ridership is at its highest since 1956, with 10.7 billion trips in 2013, according to the American Public Transportation Association. This is despite widespread cuts to bus and rail service --...
The Unique Genius of Hong Kong's Public Transportation System
Padukone, Neil
Article
2013
The Atlantic
Examining Hong Kong's "Value Capture" approach to public transportation.
Ventra Capitalists
Zimmer, Tyler
Article
2013
Jacobin
Zimmer discusses the problems arising with the recent implementation of the Ventra fare collection system for Chicago transit, a change that has been costly and inefficient for riders but profitable f...
What Really Happens When a City Makes Its Transit System Free
Grabar, Henry
Article
2012
The Atlantic
Grabar analyzes the free transit system in Châteauroux, supported by a similar case in Aubagne, to provide a realistic view of how well transit can function fare-free.
Why Can't Public Transit Be Free?
Pinsker, Joe
Article
2015
The Atlantic
Pinsker analyzes perceptions of what "free" means when it comes to fare-free transit and how the public's worries regarding what type of people such an offer would attract is standing in the way of im...
The year it all went down the tubes for the TTC
Flack, Derek
Article
2016
BlogTO
Flack analyzes the provincial budget cuts imposed by the Mike Harris Conservatives and the resulting lack of funding that led to the Toronto Transit Commission having to increasingly rely on revenue f...

Sources Bookshelf

Straphanger
Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile
Grescoe, Taras
Book
2012
A discussion of the major modern urban transport systems of the world.


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