Tag: FreeTransit

  • A Year for Fare-Free Transit

    When I made the case last year for fare-free public transit in Ottawa, it seemed like a longshot. What a difference a year can make. Since then, we’ve seen mass-organized fare evasions, fare-free campaigns launched in major cities, and, last April, Victoria’s city council even passed a motion to make municipal transit free (although the … Keep reading »

  • Public Transit, Fares and Policing in Toronto: Riders Groups Respond

    Oppose the Return to Fare Enforcement on the TTC Free Transit Toronto In Toronto, Jane Finch Action Against Poverty (JFAAP) has long made the link between transit fare enforcement and racism. TTCriders also connect transit advocacy and anti-racism, emphasizing that transit underfunding and transit enforcement has especially negative consequences for Black people. They reiterate their longstanding demand … Keep reading »

  • Free Transit is in Town, For Now

    Even before the current pandemic, the idea of free transit had arrived on the mainstream political scene in Toronto as well as in other parts of Canada. In 2018, Saron Gebresellassi included fare-free transit as a plank in her campaign for Toronto mayor. Since then, some Liberal politicians have raised the issue. In 2019, CUPE … Keep reading »

  • Transport and the Climate Crisis: Lessons for the Left

    Jens Holm invites the European Left to discuss the transition to sustainable transport: how can topics as diverse as the digital revolution, the climate crisis, the future of our cities and global value chains be integrated in one discussion? Keep reading »

  • COVID-19 and the Future of Public Transit

    Whether we are frontline workers or relying on transit to get our groceries, we need public transit to keep us moving. But with ridership falling, some transit agencies are cutting back on service because they depend on fares for operating funding. Watch video »

  • Why Public Transit Should Be Free For All

    Beyond tackling our carbon footprint, we need to open Canadian cities up to everyone. Keep reading »

  • J31 Fare Strike at Grand Central Station

    Just a few hours before the J31 Fare Strike convened at Grand Central Station, I had the opportunity to speak with Mayor de Blasio as a call-in to the Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC. I alerted the Mayor to the fare strike taking place that day, scheduled by various NYC transit advocacy groups in reaction … Keep reading »

  • Travel Doesn’t Have to Cost the Earth

    Five Concrete Steps Toward a Climate-Smart and Fair Transport Sector in Stockholm The climate threat is the most fatal problem humanity has ever faced. In 2009, the current Kyoto protocol will be replaced with a new international climate agreement, a process in which the EU must be one of the main drivers. As holder of the … Keep reading »

  • The Traffic Hierarchy

    One is not born a motorist, one becomes one. Mobility and class are deeply entangled. Not only because one’s potential for mobility often has to do with one’s economic position, but also because a society built on today’s mobility paradigm – automobility – directly contributes to growing economic and social differences. A society which puts the … Keep reading »

  • Free Public Transit in Canada?

    In the last year or so, a debate about the merits of free transit (or more accurately, fare-free transit) is making its way into public discourse in Canada. While fare-free transit is a model that has served international cities (many based in Europe or South America) for years, it’s a model that has only recently … Keep reading »

  • The Case for Free Public Transit in Toronto

    There are 200 cities around the world with some form of free public transit, and 97 that are completely free. Keep reading »

  • From Uberization to Enhanced Public Mobility for All

    We have shown that the defense, improvement and expansion of public transport is essential if we are to help control and then reduce transport-related emissions. We have also shown how the current neoliberal policy framework must be rejected in order for public transport is to fulfill its true potential. This applies to both transport policy … Keep reading »