Public Transit

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Advocates Argue Free Transit Benefits Us All
Pablo, Carlito
Article
2014
Pablo analyzes the economic, environmental, and social benefits that a fareless public transportation system would provide Canadian cities.
Bus Driver
Dominique Basi (Director)
Film/Video
2009
Follows Karnel Basi, a public transit driver in South Vancouver, along his regular route through the downtown east side to the heart of the city and back again. Along the way he picks up a variety of ...
The Canadian City
Gerecke, Kent
Book
1991
Based on the belief that a healthy city life is possible, this volume collects articles, stories and histories about the city and its people, covering aspects such as human and social relations, art a...
Cities Need More Public Transit, Not More Uber and Self-Driving Cars
Cashman, Kevin
Article
2016
In the near future, it is likely that cities will come under intense pressure to sacrifice public transportation in favor of new, private, car-dependent alternatives, even at a time when city planners...
The City and Radical Social Change
Roussopoulos, Dimitrios
Book
1982
A collection of essays dealing with the dynamics of the new forces for social change in our urban milieu, discussing how new ideas are contributing to an urban insurgency which could lead to a new cit...
Dark Age Ahead
Jacobs, Jane
Book
2004
A dark age is a culture's dead end. Jacobs argues that our society is facing the coming of a dark age.
Delusions of the Tech Bro Intelligentsia
Frase, Peter
Article
2013
With employees of the Bay Area Rapid Transit system on strike, the Silicon Valley tech elite has reminded us all that despite their enlightened Bay Area lifestyles, they are still, at root, a bunch of...
Derailing Neoliberalism
Haines-Doran, Tom
Article
2016
Haines-Doran examines the British transit workers' stike against rail privitization with its lack of concern for safety, unions, and workers' rights.
Desire to Kill the Streetcar
Article
2016
The author analyzes the conspiracy by large corporations to monopolize the American transit system and its fuel system.
Ecosocialism and the fight for free public transit
Kipfer, Stefan
Article
2012
Mass transportation is intimately tied not only to the physical form of cities, but to the deeper social structures of imperial capitalism. A campaign for free public transit can be an important part ...
Everyone on the Bus: Rider-Driver Alliances
Kann, Julia
Article
2014
Kann sheds light on the increasingly desperate state of transit in Detroit as number and frequency of buses and entire routes are experiencing increasing cuts and riders join in a union with drivers t...
Fare-Free Public Transit Could Be Headed to a City Near You
Olsen, Dave
Article
2007
It's time to give people a free ride on public transit. And here's proof it works.
Free and Accessible Transit Now: Toward a Red-Green Vision for Toronto
Free and Accessible Transit Campaign, GTWA
Article
2014
The free transit model makes public transit a right of all people, which would dramatically increase its use. While serving he vast majority of Torontonians and strengthening the public sector's role ...
Free Public Transit
Raudjarv, Revo
Film/Video
2015
This video focuses on accessibility when it comes to public transit in Tallinn, Estonia and how transit issues intersect with social justice issues.
Free public transport: from social experiement to political alternative? - Book Review
Huré, Maxime
Article
2013
A book review of M. Giovannangeli and J. L. Sagot-Duvauroux's "Voyageurs sans ticket. Liberté, égalité, gratuité : une expérience sociale à Aubagne".
Free transit
Article
2013
A pamphlet which gathers together a number of essays on the struggle for public transit. It emerges especially out of the urban context of Toronto. But the essays speak also to the wider crisis of pub...
Green Guide to Germany
Speakman, Fleur; Speakman, Colin
Book
1992
The authors advocate a new form of Tourism in Germany called Sanfter Tourismus which enourages the tourist to respect the environment and use alternative means of transportation which is environmental...
In Our Backyard: A Greater Vancouver Environmental Guide...
Trendell-Whittaker, Peggy
Book
1992
In Our Backyard focuses on environmental problems that apply directly to Greater Vancouver. With detials on local garbage and recylcing facilities, water and energy consumption, sewage disposal, air q...
"It's not just 2 pesos; It's the country:" Mexico City's #PosMeSalto Movement Protests Rising Transit Costs
Knoll, Andalusia
Article
2014
The author surveys the 2 peso transit fare hike in Mexico within the context of the country's suffering ecomomy and low living wage to showcase why the decision is a mistake.
Keep the TTC public
Film/Video
2011
Privatization of public transit around the world has been a disaster for taxpayers and riders. In this video, we learn of some of these disasters and why Toronto should avoid TTC public-private partne...
Let's Knock Off the Fare Box
Olsen, Dave
Article
2007
Olsen supports the argument in favour of fare-free transit by investigating the costs surrounding fare collection that are left largely unexamined by officials and unannounced to the public in various...
The Los Angeles Bus Riders Union
Miller, Scott
Article
1997
The Bus Riders Union began as an outgrowth of the Labor/Community Strategy Center's "Equity in Transportation Project," a policy analysis group which to study the transportation problems of the urban ...
The New Struggle for Public Transit
Rosenfeld, Herman
Article
2014
In an argument against privatization of Toronto's transit system, Rosenfeld draws on Booth's examination of the ongoing situation in London since the city had turned over responsibility of planning, o...
New York Transit Between Old and New Directions
Downs, Steve
Article
1998
IN ATC 74 ("Transit Workers Try a New Direction"), Marian Swerdlow described the fight taking place in Local 100 of the Transport Workers Union (TWU) between the entrenched Willie James bureaucracy an...
Next Door to BC, the Bus Is Free
Olsen, Dave
Article
2007
Olsen writes about his experience with fare-free transit on Whidbey Island, debunking myths about the inefficiency, impracticality, and unsustainability of such a system.
No Fares!: Time for a free ride on public transit
Article
2007
This series of articles in The Tyee takes a hard look at fare hikes and spending priorities by B.C.'s transit planners, as well as rising greenhouse emissions and pollution by the private automobile, ...
No Hassle Transit? Try Hasselt
Olsen, Dave
Article
2007
A consideration of Belgium's transit infrastructure and fare-free system implementation as a model for BC to draw upon.
NYC Transit Workers' Fare Strike 2012: Can Occupy Open Horizons for a Frustrated Labor Movement
Harvey, Jon
Article
2012
Transit workers belonging to New York City’s Transport Workers Union Local 100 exhibit a familiar sight in the 21st century U.S. labor movement: broke, angry, slandered, disillusioned, directionless a...
Off the Rails - The Rise and Fall of the Streetcar
Ross, Jonmarc
Article
2016
A history of the streetcar in the United States, beginning with the need for a modern, cost-efficient form of public transit, to its surging popularity, and ending with the General Motors conspiracy t...
Organizing Around Transit: At the Intersection of Environmental Justice and Class Struggle
Wetzel, Tom
Article
2011
For the older big cities in North America, public transit is critical to their daily functioning. Organizing among workers and riders on public transit has a strategic importance.
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - March 18, 2017: Public Transit
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2017
Public transit – good affordable public transit – is key to a liveable city. Around the world, there are movements of transit riders fighting for better public transit. A key perspective guiding many...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - November 7, 2016: Depression and Joy
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2016
It’s a difficult thing to measure, but there are strong reasons for believing that the number of people struggling with depression has increased significantly in recent decades. Despite the evidence t...
Paying for 'Free' Transit
Olsen, Dave
Article
2007
Olsen discusses the politics surrounding funding options for transit systems outside of passenger fare to support a fare-free system and proposes shifting spending costs towards avenues that favour ri...
Public transit is a women's issue
Drimonis, Toula
Article
2016
Drimonis highlights the problem of sexual harrassment of female passengers and the failure of transit officials to address this problem.
Public Transit Struggles in London and Toronto: P3s, Transit Workers and Alternatives
Rosenfeld, Herman
Film/Video
2015
Using the fight against transit privatization practices in London, England, Rosenfeld presents a model for reform in Toronto that prioritizes rider concerns such as reduced fares and increased accessi...
A Race Struggle, a Class Struggle, A Women's Struggle All at Once
Mann, Eric
Article
2001
In Los Angeles, the Labor/Community Strategy Center is carrying out a difficult Left experiment in the age of the omnipresent Right. The center is an explicitly anti-racist, anti-corporate, and anti-i...
The real reason American public transportation is such a disaster
Stromberg, Joseph
Article
2015
Stromberg dissects socials attitude regarding public transit in the United States, where infrastructure in most cities was designed with automobile dependency in mind, thereby causing transit to be be...
San Francisco Transit Fight
Wetzel, Tom
Article
2005
Seven News
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1970
Seven News (7 News) was a community newspaper published in the area of Toronto east of downtown which at the time was known as Ward 7. Seven News was published from 1970 to 1985. Seven News is no long...
17 Reasons (or More) to Stop Charging People to Ride the Bus
Olsen, Dave
Book
2007
Olsen outlines a proposal for how to implement a fare-free transit system using already existing examples from around the world that are supported by their level of success and positive effects on the...
Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile
Grescoe, Taras
Book
2012
A discussion of the major modern urban transport systems of the world.
The Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream
Duany, Andres; Plater-Zyberk; Elizabeth, Speck, Jeff
Book
2000
The choice is ours: either a society of homogeneous pieces, isolated from one another in often fortified enclaves, or a society of diverse and memorable neighbourhoods, organized into mutually support...
Toronto Talks Transit with Herman Rosenfeld
Rosenfeld, Herman
Film/Video
2014
Herman Rosenfeld speaks about transit issues in Toronto, and the campaign for good affordable public transit
Towns for People
Worpole, Ken
Book
1992
Examines the pressures, lifestyle changes, and social factors that contributed to the decline in urban public life in the late 20th century.
Transit Activism and the Urban Question in Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Tonucci, João; Veloso, André; Kipfer, Stefan
Article
2016
The demand for free transit has been an important starting point of recent mobilizations in Brazil, notably those that shook the whole country in the summer of 2013. This interview with local activist...
Transit Irony: The More You Rely on It, the More They Cut
Winslow, Samantha
Article
2014
Winslow discusses the transit situation in Pittsburgh, where officials are implementing a series of budget cuts and fare hikes without improving service to the large number of riders who depend on the...
Transport Policy and the Environment: Six Case Studies
Barde, Jean-Philippe; Button, Kenneth
Book
1990
Ventra Capitalists
Zimmer, Tyler
Article
2013
Zimmer discusses the problems arising with the recent implementation of the Ventra fare collection system for Chicago transit, a change that has been costly and inefficient for riders but profitable f...
What would Rosa Parks do today?
Hanley, Lawrence J.
Article
2016
If Rosa Parks was taking action against transit racism today, she likely wouldn’t talk about segregated seating. Instead, she would be calling attention to disappearing service and unaffordable fares ...

Connexions Directory of Groups & Websites

Greenpeace Canada
Active in a wide variety of environmental campaigns, Greenpeace is effective at educating the public through creative, non-violent direct actions, researching alternatives to destructive practices and...
Toronto Environmental Alliance
Since 1988, Toronto Environmental Alliance has campaigned locally to find solutions to Toronto's urban environmental problems. A not-for-profit organization, we advocate on behalf of all Torontonians ...
Transport Action Canada
Transport 2000 Canada is a non-profit, non-partisan federation of consumer groups and individuals which advocates improved rail passenger, air, bus, marine and urban transportation throughout Canada. ...
Tom Wetzel's home page
Wetzel's writing spans a range of topics... from libertarian socialism, anarcho-syndicalism and workers' self-management to unionism, social housing, environmental justice, philosophy, and Los Angeles...

Sources Library

Rio fare protesters seize main station and let commuters travel free
Watts, Jonathan
2014
Watts discusses the economic and political impetus for the seizure of Rio de Janeiro's transit stations by the public in a protest against rising fare prices.
Size matters: What Berlin's rapid transit would look like in Toronto
Young, Leslie
2014
Young contrasts her experiences using the transit systems in Berlin and Toronto so as to offer ideas for improving the TTC's comparatively underwhelming service.
The Unique Genius of Hong Kong's Public Transportation System
Padukone, Neil
2013
Examining Hong Kong's "Value Capture" approach to public transportation.
What Really Happens When a City Makes Its Transit System Free
Grabar, Henry
2012
Grabar analyzes the free transit system in Châteauroux, supported by a similar case in Aubagne, to provide a realistic view of how well transit can function fare-free.
Why Can't Public Transit Be Free?
Pinsker, Joe
2015
Pinsker analyzes perceptions of what "free" means when it comes to fare-free transit and how the public's worries regarding what type of people such an offer would attract is standing in the way of im...
The year it all went down the tubes for the TTC
Flack, Derek
2016
Flack analyzes the provincial budget cuts imposed by the Mike Harris Conservatives and the resulting lack of funding that led to the Toronto Transit Commission having to increasingly rely on revenue f...