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Free Public Transit

How about free bus rides for everyone all of the time?

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Free is Cheaper How is free transit cheaper? Don't you have to make up for lost fare revenue? The answer is that your city will save so much money in other areas, and quality of life will improve so much that you will get back much more than the lost fares. Some examples are listed below. If you want to see specific numbers, see our spreadsheet here at Increased return on investment. Public transit involves large fixed costs. When fares are gone, there are more riders per vehicle, getting more value from the investment. Reduced parking costs. With free transit, fewer people will park downtown. City parking authorities can cost $180 million a year, paid by fines, which are just a tax on customers and delivery services. Reduced traffic congestion. Studies have shown that the time lost in traffic costs urban economies hundreds of millions of dollars. Less money exported for gasoline. A medium sized city can export 1 million dollars a day in gasoline money for cars. Free buses will reduce this considerably. Better quality of life, priceless. In Hasselt, Belgium, when fares were removed, people in hospital started receiving more visitors.


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By 3-1 margin, Salt Lake City residents favor converting to a free bus system

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