December 2nd, 2012

Roldo Bartimole writes:

There’s a lot of anguish over a problem between RTA drivers and RTA riders. They’re beating each other up.

Some of it is blamed by some on stress among many people. That’s only going to get worse as our new economy keeps driving more and more of wealth to the upper reaches. At the same time it continues to crunch those at the other end.

The solution: Free public transportation.

Yes, free. That’s what I wrote.

If I – and many, many others – can drive free on all city streets because we own a vehicle why can’t those without vehicles ride the same streets at the same cost. Zero.

I don’t care how you finance public transportation but make it free for those who use it.

As our society keeps “rewarding” free streets to all with private transportation, why shouldn’t those same streets be free to those without private vehicles?

Don’t they really need it much more? Of course, they do.

We keep finding ways to reward those who don’t need bonuses and we keep finding regressive ways to damage those who need.

It just doesn’t make sense.

Get rid of the fare box. Get rid of the stress. Give those with needs a bit of a break. And save some cracked heads.


  1. Jeff Hess says:

    Good morning Roldo,

    I’m all for free public transportation (and usage taxes on cars in urban centers) but I don’t think a no-fare RTA would solve this problem.

    I think such violence goes much deeper.

    Do all you can to make today a good day,


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