Re: [carfree_cities] Tallinn city to Poll Citizens on Free Public Transport
- 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:
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>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
>> 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.
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>> J.H. Crawford
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