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Free Public Transport in Dunkirk, France

Postby Merc1107 » Tue Oct 23, 2018 5:31 pm

Article may be found here.

It's an interesting idea that the article claims is gaining further traction in Europe. I imagine the success of such an initiative is dependent on people's income and whether public transport would comprise a significant cost to the average user compared to using a car.

Would it work in Australia? I don't know. Most (if not all) cities already have concession fares that cater for students (whether primary, secondary or tertiary), pensioners etc whose incomes are lower or non-existent and are thus dependent on public transport. And for many workers, particularly those who are city-based, they already use public transport for their work commutes. Getting people out of their cars on a weekend would be tricky when service frequency is quite often substantially lower.

The article validly questions where the patronage growth arises from, too. Is it genuinely a reduction in car usage, or is there a modal switch from walking and cycling? I'd go a step further and question if that would pose a 'cost' to society in terms of declined health!
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Re: Free Public Transport in Dunkirk, France

Postby boronia » Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:37 pm

If you offer free transport, you will get a mode shift from all areas.

The problem is that you will need more buses, more drivers, more support infrastructure. The question is whether these cost increases will reduce demand for other road costs sufficiently to balance it.
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Re: Free Public Transport in Dunkirk, France

Postby Merc1107 » Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:45 pm

Now Luxembourg will make all public transport free in a bid to ease congestion issues - SBS Article.
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