The time has come to stop making people pay to take public transit.

“Why do we have any barriers to using buses and urban trains? The threat of global warming is no longer in doubt. The hue and cry of the traffic-jammed driver grows louder every commute. And politicians are getting the message. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has ordered his staff to seriously examine the costs of charging people to ride public transit. And Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York, recently voiced to a reporter his top dream: ‘I would have mass transit be given away for nothing and charge an awful lot for bringing an automobile into the city.'”
Fare-Free Public Transit Could Be Headed to a City Near You, by Dave Olsen, The Tyee, Alternet, Posted on July 26, 2007, Printed on August 12, 2007 (via Social Design Notes)

It’s not like the Los Angeles MTA could actually lose any more money suck any more than they do now. At least they’d suck and be free.

I mean, when the bus or train is late and makes us crazy, our consolation can be that, well, we’re getting what we pay for. And when the system runs well, we will bless it. Just a thought.

Or make it a donation thing, I could see just dumping whatever change I had in my pocket in the fare-donation box thingy. That’s something I could feel good about. I’d ride the bus more if it was a donation deal.

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