When cities make transit free, ridership goes up. Not long-term. Immediately. Not up by 2-3%. It jumps up between 20%-60%.
An obvious conclusion: public transit is a public good, and treating it as a service means starving access from people who need it. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/14/us/free-public-transit.html
Around my way, buses are free on the weekends. It helps with tourism, basically! I can't use buses for accessibility reasons but I love that it is a thing.
My understanding is that free public transport pays for itself.
@cassolotl that’s an excellent idea!
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