Saturday, August 10, 2019

From the Economist, benefits of fare-free #publictransport in Tallinn

THE BUSES are on time, the trams are shiny and new, and passengers usually get a seat. In many cities that would be remarkable enough. But in Tallinn locals are also not required to buy a ticket. In 2013 it became the world’s first capital city to offer residents free public transport. Estonia as a whole has been following suit, and last year set the ambition of becoming the first country with free public transport nationwide. Buses are now free of charge in 11 of its 15 counties.
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The use of public transport in Tallinn has gone up by 10%, while the number of cars in the city centre has gone down by 10%, meaning less congestion. In the countryside, free buses aim to halt rural depopulation by boosting mobility and access to jobs.
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In Tallinn higher parking fees and reduced space for cars also played a part in cutting city-centre traffic: on-street parking now costs €6 an hour, and some parking spaces and car lanes have been replaced by bus lanes. Officials say providing a free alternative allowed them to avoid a backlash when driving in the capital was made more expensive and less convenient.

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Sunday, August 4, 2019

What is so special about cars?

Countries in northern Europe are well known for socialist policies. Free healthcare, education, and plenty of other social services.

At the same time, they have the highest fares for public transport?

Why is this?

Cars hold a special place in modern capitalism. They are essential to sprawl and growth. Fare-free public transit is a direct threat.

This is why there are thousands of climate experts on social media, but precious few calling for free public transport.

https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/cost-of-public-transportation-around-the-world.html