11325Re: Fare-free public transit
- Apr 17, 2009--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "chbuckeye"
>everyone. Particularly for the very young and very old, and in
> I agree that more cycling would be great, but it isn't possible for
extreme weather conditions.
>Minneapolis -- US cities that see a fair amount of winter snow --
> I cannot see the populations of say, Buffalo, Cleveland, Chicago,
agreeing to move en masse to only walking and cycling.
The very young and old aren't likely to drive cars either, or cope
with a twisting, turning bus.
In Umeå, population 110 000, 20% of all journeys are done by bicycle,
and almost as many on foot. That's even though the town is located at
63 degrees north. That's further north than Anchorage, Alaska. You
just need to plow the bike paths.
I agree that transit needs to be improved and expanded. But I don't
think lower fares are the answer, mainly because it discourages
walking and cycling for short journeys. I want to re-iterate that
50% of the working population in the USA commutes five miles or less
to work. This needs to be considered when looking at the future of
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