Comment 21786

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted April 23, 2008 at 20:35:00

As a pathological cyclist, I never took the bus. $2.10 was just too much, and I frequently went for the 40-80 minute walk instead. After receiving a bus pass with my student card, I found myself taking it everywhere...I still do. It's amazing what that $2 disincentive will do. As for it encouraging overuse (the standard economist's line), do you go to the library often and take out the maximum number of books, just because you can? Can you really see yourself taking afternoons off work to take the bus (or the streetcar), just because you can?

And for the record, the old Amalgamated Transit Union was promoting free transit back in the 70's.

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