Jim Dabakis, a candidate for the mayoralty of Salt Lake City, is currently leading the polls - thanks in no small part to his promise to do away with fees for public transport. A recent poll by the Salt Lake City tribune found that residents of the city favour the idea by a ratio of three to one.https://www.joe.ie/life-style/us-city-size-dublin-verge-making-public-transport-free-677794
The move is designed to decrease carbon emissions by incentivising the public from using private cars. Dabakis has argued that the money lost from fares could be offset by money saved on improving public roads.
The city has already trialled free transit days, a move which saw a footfall increase of 16% on those days.
Saturday, August 17, 2019
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Please join us this Friday, March 22 from 1:00 to 2:00 PM at Seattle City Hall to demand @SeattleCouncil pass a local #GreenNewDeal resolution.— Joe Mangan🌹 (@DailyLeftist) March 20, 2019
Our resolution calls for: free public transportation, publicly-owned affordable housing, & divestment from @PSETalk#FridaysForFuture pic.twitter.com/53OcdDd0EI
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Counterproposal: We make transit free.— 🌹Shaun Scott for District 4🌹 (@ElectScott2019) December 20, 2018
Not just during the “period of maximum constraint.”
Not just for seniors and youths.
But for everyone. Forever.
Is Seattle a leading city on climate justice, or just interested in a “Green” rebrand for earth-killing capitalists? https://t.co/uD5aod6mdC
Friday, January 4, 2019
As a community, Seattle has been struggling with numerous issues like income equality, our world-class congestion, and the regressive nature of our tax system. One way to effectively deal with these issues is by implementing a fare-free transit system.https://www.theurbanist.org/2018/12/27/the-case-for-making-transit-free-and-how-to-pay-for-it/?
A fare-free system can quickly and significantly allow low-income people to have more disposable income, reduce traffic congestion by getting more commuters on buses, and reduce the regressive nature of our high sales taxes.
Saturday, July 21, 2018
If we are serious about getting people out of their cars and into public transportation, let’s make our public transportation free to ride. There are all kinds of benefits to this program: cleaner air, fewer cars on the streets and freeways and better utilization of public transportation.