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Re: [carfree_cities] Tallinn city to Poll Citizens on Free Public Transport

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  • J.H. Crawford
    Thanks for the clarification, Mari. Maybe some of the advantages of a truly free system can be put forward to the local government. (One strategy, used in
    Message 1 of 4 , Jan 31, 2012
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      Thanks for the clarification, Mari.

      Maybe some of the advantages of a truly free system
      can be put forward to the local government.

      (One strategy, used in Switzerland, is to include a
      transit tax in the price of hotel rooms, so tourists
      pay for it.)


      At 2012-01-31 09:34, you wrote:
      >Current proposal from the mayor is that it will be free only for local
      >residents and not people who are commuting in from other municipalities or
      >So this will not make the point for savings from ticket sales and controls.
      >Currently hardly anyone buys tickets from drivers because it is made
      >relatively more expensive to buy it on the bus compared to kiosk or mobile
      >On 31 January 2012 16:24, J.H. Crawford <<mailto:mailbox%40carfree.com>mailbox@...> wrote:
      >> **
      >> Mari said:
      >> >Tallinn (capital of Estonia) City government will Poll Citizens on Free
      >> >Public Transport this March
      >> >
      >> ><<http://news.err.ee/society/ecb6cbaf-3521-4bcf-8979-570dcfe8ab87>http://news.err.ee/society/ecb6cbaf-3521-4bcf-8979-570dcfe8ab87>
      >> http://news.err.ee/society/ecb6cbaf-3521-4bcf-8979-570dcfe8ab87
      >> I suppose that this proposal will actually cost nearly
      >> nothing. Here's why:
      >> Most fares are already discounted or free so the revenue
      >> loss is not so great.
      >> The fare recovery ratio is only 40%.
      >> The costs of collecting a fare are large for both the
      >> transit operator and the passenger. Nearly all bus
      >> operations are delayed by fare collection (BRT is an
      >> exception). This directly increases operating costs.
      >> The cost of printing, collecting, and checking tickets
      >> is quite significant, and often quite expensive machines
      >> must be purchased and maintained. Dealing with all of
      >> the coins collected also costs some money.
      >> For the passenger, time is wasted (a lot of it). The need
      >> to always have exact change or a ticket or transit pass
      >> in hand is a substantial irritation and time consumer.
      >> The fear of "doing something wrong" and getting caught
      >> without a valid ticket, even when a good-faith effort
      >> was made, is a subtle deterrent to the use of public
      >> transport. Most people would be acutely embarrassed if
      >> caught traveling on an invalid ticket.
      >> Transfers are bad enough without adding the complication
      >> of additional fare payment and transfer tokens or scrip.
      >> So, even though the direct savings to the passengers may
      >> not be all that great, I think the increase in ridership
      >> may be greater than expected (although probably not huge).
      >> I see this as a win-win approach and have long advocated
      >> free urban public transport.
      >> This story ought to go to the Free Public Transport
      >> organization. I don't have a contact handy.
      >> Best,
      >> Joel
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