Fare-Free Transit: is it finally time?

I’ve had the pleasure to research and write a series of articles about Fare-Free Transit around the world and how these systems compare to what exists in Vancouver and Nanaimo.

You can find these articles on the daily on-line newspaper, theTyee.ca. The folks at the Tyee were so supportive and helpful from start to finish and I can’t thank Dave Beers and Bryan Zandberg enough for the polish they put on every article. They also helped facilitate these resulting radio interviews about Fare-Free Transit.

Kathryn Gretsinger hosted the first of these, which you can find right on the Tyee’s site.

On Wednesday, July 11th, I was in the studio for CBC’s afternoon show; you can listen to the portion which featured a Q & A and call-in about Fare-Free Transit here.

That night, there was a short Q & A on CKNW, which you can listen to here.

Saturday afternoon, I was asked to be a guest on CKNW’s Sean Leslie show; I called in from the Folk Music Festival and you can listen to that here (alternatively, here is the link to their Audio Archive: select July 17th @ 4pm after logging in).

CiTR‘s Pedal Revolutionary show devoted the last half of their show to Fare-Free Transit on Thursday, July 19th. You can listen to the whole show or their previous shows by clicking on Podcasts and then their show name from citr.ca. You can listen live here.

KPFK Los Angeles, Pacifica Radio’s affliate for Southern California, ended their August 6th edition of Beneath the Surface with Suzi Weissman with a discussion on Fare-Free Transit. You can listen to their whole show here or listen to KPFK live here.

UPDATES SINCE THE TYEE SERIES WAS PUBLISHED

Alternet.org asked for an US-focused summary of the Tyee series and published it on 26 July 2007.  You can read it by clicking here.

Community Transportation Association edited the Tyee series (with permission) and published a short article in their magazine that you can also find on their website by clicking here.

Malaspina College (now Vancouver Island University) student paper, the NAV.ca, published an article written by Morgan Vanderree entitled, “Fare-Free Transit Equals Fair Transit.”  You can read it by clicking here and scrolling down to page 6.

Planetizen asked me to write a follow-up piece that was published on 23 Feb 09; it’s entitled, “Why Is Fare-Free Transit the Exception Rather than the Rule?” and you can read it by clicking here.

PHOTO MONTAGE OF THE TRIP TO WHIDBEY ISLAND

On 29 January 2007, I rode my bicycle and took transit all the way to Whidbey Island, Washington State, USA (from East Vancouver, Coast Salish Territory) to research and experience Fare-Free Transit:

The start of my pilgrimage to a Fare-Free MeccaThe start of my pilgrimage to a Fare-Free Mecca; the fare: $4.50

A beautiful Pedestrian and Bike BridgeA wonderful Pedestrian and Bike Bridge

The prettier side of the imaginary line…The prettier side of the imaginary line…

…and the ugly; only bikes were sent this way!…and the ugly; only bikes were sent this way!

Round two, Blaine to Bellingham; the fare: 75¢Rounds two and three, Blaine to Bellingham and Bellingham to Mt. Vernon; the fare: 75¢

The breath of fresh air that is Island Transit; the fare: 0!The breath of fresh air that is Island Transit; the fare, everywhere: 0!

Isn’t something missing?  Nope, the passenger counter is all you really need here…Isn’t something missing? Nope, the passenger counter is all you really need here…

Just the facts…and not one trace of propaganda or misinformation, inside or out!Just the facts…and not one trace of propaganda or misinformation, inside or out!

Otis and another happy Island Transit rider…Island Transit operator Odis D. Jenkins and another happy Island Transit rider…

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2 Responses

  1. This was a really good piece of research Dave.

  2. […] For more information about Island Transit, click here.  For more information about Fare-Free Transit, click here. […]

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