Successful Implementation of Free Public Transit
Australia - Adelaide - Central Business District
Australia - Perth - Central Business District
Belgium - Hasselt made
its bus system free. The mayor rejected plans for a third ring highway,
converted one existing ring highway into a pedestrian and bicycle
street, and made the buses free. Since then, bus ridership has
increased by 800%. This initiative has been so successful in attracting
new business to Hasselt that taxes have been cut and the city's debt is
down. To celebrate the first anniversary of the changes, the mayor
announced free bicycles.
China - Fujian - ShiShi.
China - Hunan - Changning - Starting
from July 1 , local residents and visitors enjoy a free ride
along the city's three public transportation lines and the government
has allocated 7 million yuan ($1 million) to facilitate the initiative.
According to the local media, on the first day of the free public bus
service, passenger numbers jumped by over 60 percent.
Croatia - Zagreb
France - Aubange - 2009
France - Castres-Mazamet
France - Colomiers - 38 years and expanding
France - Compiègne. Le réseau de transport du Compiégnois, TIC, compte 6 lignes entièrement gratuites qui desservent Compiègne, Venette et Margny.
Germany - Templin - The German town of Templin is
another positive example of fare-free transit. Since 1997 the purchase
of a ticket has been obsolete in several small German cities, including
Templin (14,000 inhabitants). A study carried out for the German
Federal Ministry of Transportation investigated and evaluated the
benefits of fare-free schemes using Templin as reference (Keuchel et
al. 2000). Overall, the results are fairly positive and encouraging—the
benefits outweigh the costs by far. This could lead to a dominance of
pull policies over push policies. Is this the beginning of a paradigm
shift in policies aimed at solving environmental problems of
Italy - Troia
New Zealand - Auckland - City Circuit
Spain - Manises 2007
Thailand, Bangkok - 1 Aug 2008 - 73 free busroutes, 164 daily trains (3rd class) free.
USA - AR - West Memphis MATA
USA - CA - Commerce
The City's transit system consists of five routes that run within the
Commerce city limits, Monday through Saturday. Two routes are in
operation on Sunday, with one stopping at the Commerce Shopping Center
on Whittier and Goodrich Boulevards, and one stopping at churches
located in the city. The City also offers a Medi-Ride service, which
transports senior and/or disabled Commerce residents to their medical
appointments. Excursion service is provided to City-recognized civic
organizations and service clubs. All transportation services offered by
the department are FREE OF CHARGE .
USA - CA - Emeryville - The Emery Go Round is a free shuttle to Emeryville California from MacArthur BART and Emeryville Amtrak train stations. Buses run every day, with a frequency of 10-12 minutes during weekday commute hours.
USA - CO - Summit County The
Summit Stage began providing ski bus service in 1977....the County
assumed operation of the Stage in 1989. In 1992 rider ship was 432,000.
Today the stage serves 1.75 million riders annually, and continues to
grow month after month.
USA - OR - Canby - Canby Area Transit. - Riding CAT is free to riders. CAT provides system services in Canby with links to other cities. Increasing and improving public transportation benefits riders and the businesses where they work and shop.
USA - HI - County of Hawaii Free Island-Wide Bus Service on all Scheduled Routes!
USA - IA - Cambus , the university of Iowa's campus bus system that traverses the city linking University buildings and dorms, as well as the University Hospital and commuter parking lots. (Thank you, Emily! second generation driver).
USA - IL - Niles
The Niles "Free Bus" is a courtesy bus system which runs continually
from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. weekdays and 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
weekends operating within the Village of Niles at no charge to riders.
The buses stop at all major shopping centers, public facilities, and
within a short distance of every residence.
USA - LA - Hammond - The Tangipahoa Voluntary Council on Aging has reorganized the Hammond
bus schedule to create a continuous one-hour route across the city. The free public transportation route includes 18 stops.
USA - MT - Big Sky - Skyline Bus
USA - MT - Bozeman - Streamline Bus
USA - NC - Chapel Hill - Chapel Hill Transit provides public transportation service throughout the Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and UNC community. It is a municipal department within the Town of Chapel Hill and was established in 1974. Chapel Hill Transit operates fixed route and demand responsive service within approximately a 25 square mile service area. In January 2002, the system became fare-free. Chapel Hill Transit produces over 142,000 annual hours of service, has a budget of over $11 million. At the end of the 2004-2005 fiscal year, fixed route ridership was over 5.7 million.
USA - NC - The Wolfline is
the NC State community's own bus service. Wolfline buses run every day
that classes are in session, serving all three campuses, two park
& ride lots, and official NCSU housing. Wolfline buses are open to
the public. No university ID, pass, or fare is required to ride! (Thank
USA - NC - Watauga County - AppalCART
USA - NH - Hanover
USA - NY - NYC - The Staten Island Ferry Though NYC
as a whole is far from fee-free, about ten years ago they decided the
cost of collecting the fares was basically eating up all the fares, so
they made it totally free. (Thank you, Don).
USA - OR - Estacada
USA - SC - Seneca - Clemson Area Transit is a public service provided fare-free by Clemson University, the City of Clemson, the Town of Central, the Town of Pendleton, Anderson County, the South Carolina Department of Transportation, and the Federal Transit Administration.
USA - UT - Northeast Utah An
anti-tax sentiment throughout Utah in the early 1990s didn’t inhibit
Logan from making a bold move. Responding to residents’ voiced
frustrations with mobility options, the city assembled a Citizens
Committee to explore transportation alternatives. None of the ideas
generated, of course, could be put into motion for free. With city
coffers tapped, the Committee went to residents to measure their
commitment, placing a city tax initiative on the 1990 ballot. The
overwhelming majority vote made mobility a priority. The Logan Transit
District was born. Today, our operations are fueled by the sales tax
that the community invests in itself.
USA - UT - Park City
USA - WA - Camano, Uninc County - Island Transit
USA - WA - Island County The Island Transit Board of Directors feels that charging a fare is contrary to the mission of Island Transit. Typically, for smaller or rural transit systems, collecting a fare generates virtually no usable revenue because of the costs associated with the collection of the fare!!! In addition, the farebox imposes an unnecessary inconvenience which is detrimental to ridership, and therefore contrary to the mission. Island Transit is pre-paid with a local Sales Tax of 6/10ths of 1% on every dollar spent in Island County.
Wikipedia List - Thanks to Dave Olsen, Peter Dowden and others. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_public_transport