Fare-Free Transit

June 21, 2013, 9am PDT
Mass demonstrations in Brazil over the past week were sparked by increases to bus fares. But what if buses were free? The Economist makes the argument that, to improve service and decrease congestion, we should study making buses and subways free.
The Economist
February 19, 2013, 2pm PST
In January of this year, Tallinn (pop. 423,000) became the first European capital and the largest European city to provide public transit free of charge to its residents. So far, the experiment has proven a success.
Euro Cities
October 31, 2012, 6am PDT
Jean-Francois Mayet, the mayor of Châteauroux, introduced free ridership in a bid to turn around his town's failing transit system. Eleven years later, total ridership has increased 208 percent. Henry Grabar examines whether free transit is scalable.
The Atlantic Cities
January 19, 2010, 10am PST
Despite the downward trend in public services like transit, the city of Baltimore in opening a free transit line.
Wired
August 14, 2009, 6am PDT
The largest free mass transit area in the U.S. is changing its rules next year, when it will start charging people to ride the bus.
The Oregonian
August 5, 2009, 7am PDT
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently announced an idea to speed up buses in Manhattan by eliminating crosstown bus fares.
The New York Times
July 7, 2009, 2pm PDT
Charles Komanoff, an economist, analyst and activist in New York, has created an elaborate spreadsheet looking at the cost of congestion to the city. His conclusion? Free transit and congestion pricing would relieve traffic.
Reuters Blogs
Feature
February 23, 2009, 5am PST

Transit agencies spend a lot of money to make money. In many cases, the amount spent equals or even surpasses the amount they bring in from fares. So why charge them at all?

Dave Olsen