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Thu Jan 24, 2013, 03:14 PM

If public transit was free

Would the savings in diminished road maintenance due to people taking the free public transit actually pay for the free public transit infrastructure.?

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jambo101 Jan 2013 OP
tech3149 Jan 2013 #1
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tinrobot Jan 2013 #5
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Response to jambo101 (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 03:40 PM

1. probably not

I think most of the cause of roadway deterioration is heavy commercial traffic.

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Response to jambo101 (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 04:19 PM

2. It's been tried, years ago in Denver

Portland has a fare-free zone downtown. San Francisco is considering providing free Muni passes to youth.

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Response to jambo101 (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 05:38 PM

3. It would probably ease congestion.

"Free" is a great inducement for those who might not otherwise consider mass transit.

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Response to jambo101 (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 05:56 PM

4. Nashville

I got the idea from a recent trip to Nashville where they have 3-4 lines around the downtown area,, nice feeling to just get on the bus and go anywhere around the downtown core for free.

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Response to jambo101 (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 11:22 AM

5. Why not charge cars more and put the money towards free public transit?

At least for routes that are well-served by public transit.

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Thu Jan 31, 2013, 01:44 AM

7. Chapel Hill Transit - fare free for ten years

Chapel Hil Transit is probably the largest fare-free transit system in the world. The buses within Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and UNC are free to everyone.

We raised local property taxes and student fees to support the system. The only exceptions with fares are special shuttles to sporting events and such and regional routes to other towns.

Ridership rose dramatically the first few years. Is now sustainably high. Nit having to collect fares makes the system run more quickly loading and unloading.

Biggest savings are not in maintenance, but in the cost of building more parking and roads, roads that would threaten the very nature of our community. It changes how we do little things (hop on the bus for a series of short trips) and big things (zone for high density near transport). We recently passed local transportation taxes for buses and light rail.

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