Advocates Argue Free Transit Benefits Us All

Pablo, Carlito
Date Written:  2014-01-29
Publisher:  The Georgia Straight
Year Published:  2014
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX20476

Pablo analyzes the economic, environmental, and social benefits that a fareless public transportation system would provide Canadian cities.



John Bachar is a former mathematics professor at California State University in Long Beach and an advocate of what he calls a "fareless urban mass-transportation system".

"This antiquated method of letting everybody buy all this car insurance and pay for the maintenance of their car and drive in congestion and spend hundreds of millions of hours wasted away from your personal life because you're spending so much time travelling in gridlock, it's insane," Bachar told the Straight in a phone interview from Los Angeles.

In a paper, the mathematician cited benefits of free transit. For the Southern California region (Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, San Bernardino, and Riverside counties), the state of California, and the U.S., the potential annual fuel savings in barrels of petroleum are 298 million, 545 million, and 3.69 billion, respectively.

Bachar also noted in his study that an all-bus transportation system would cost less than a tenth as much as an all-automobile system. It would generate 90 percent less pollution, his paper added.

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