Monday, May 14, 2012

What would happen if public buses were fare-free?

First, more people would ride.

The riders would demand better service. Being more numerous their voices would be heard.

As more buses were added, service would be more frequent.

When service is more frequent, it takes the guesswork out of riding the bus. More people would ride.

Pundits would start writing about all the ways that public transit saves money.

As congestion goes down, messengers and delivery trucks would become more efficient.

Employers would have more employees to choose from as their mobility increases.

The city could cut back on parking costs.

People would have more money to spend in town.

There would be less honking.

The city would be a more attractive place.

Walkability would increase.

People would move to the city.

More people would ride transit.

Carbon emission would go down.

1 comment:

  1. I don't know if it would be possible to offer bus fare for free. It certainly would attract more passengers to take public transportation. But buses are expensive to run and it would take a great deal of planning and budgeting to make this happen. There would surely be plenty of people who would appreciate it.