Note — Sep 09, 2018

Public Transport Can Be Free

Basically; from a purely public transport authority point of view, FFPT (fare-free public transport) doesn’t make sense. From a city wide and societal point of view, there are great benefits and nearly a hundred cities are currently using such a policy.

“For Judith Dellheim, a researcher at Rosa-Luxemburg Stiftung in Berlin, providing free access to public transport is the “first step towards socio-ecological transformation.” For Michiel Van Hulten, one of the earliest proponents of free public transport in Europe, “it is about returning to the commons.” Finally, according to Naomi Klein, this is precisely what cities around the world should be doing —“to really respond to the urgency of climate change, public transport would have to become free.” […]

Public transport is thus imagined not as a commodity, but as a “common good” — similar to many other public services such as health care, education, parks, roads, sidewalks, cycling paths, streetlights and lampposts, libraries, schools, kindergartens, or playgrounds.