23-Feb-2009 - Dave is published on Planetizen .

"Because I've been researching and well, dreaming, of Fare-Free Transit for well over a decade now, it seems like its merits and strengths are so obvious that only a fool would overlook it."

Dave's Blog - humanpowered -

PDF - Why Transit should be free as published in Community Transportation Magazine

Alternet publishes Dave Olsen! Dave Olsen has established himself as one of the leading advocates of free public transit today. He is starting to get the respect and publicity he deserves. History will smile on him. Well, it will if we listen to him now and our descendants survive to look back on our time. Keep up the good work Dave!

British Columbia Newspaper publishes Dave Olsen! The Tyee Starts a Five Part Series on Free Transit.

below is an excerpt: click here for full article.

Fare-free transit brings many benefits, some of which include:

  1. a barrier-free transportation option to every member of the community (no more worries about exact change, expiring transfers, or embarrassment about how to pay)
  2. eliminating a "toll" from a mode of transportation that we as a society want to be used (transit is often the only way of getting around that charges a toll)
  3. reducing the inequity between the subsidies given to private motorized vehicle users and public transport users
  4. reducing, and in some cases eliminating, the need for private motorized vehicle parking
  5. reducing greenhouse gas emissions, other air pollutants, noise pollution (especially with electric trolleys), and run-off of toxic chemicals into fresh water supplies and ocean environments
  6. reducing overall consumption of oil and gasoline
  7. eliminating the perceived need to spend billions on roads and highways (now up to $7 billion for the proposed Gateway Project in Vancouver)
  8. eliminating the perceived need to spend billions on bigger car-carrying ferries ($2.5 billion for BC Ferries' new super-sized boats and ramps)
  9. contributing significantly to the local economy by keeping our money in our communities
  10. reducing litter (in Vancouver, the newer transfers/receipts have overtaken fast food packaging for most common garbage found on our streets)
  11. saving trees by eliminating the need to print transfers and tickets
  12. allowing all bus doors to be used to load passengers, making service faster and more efficient
  13. allowing operators (drivers) to focus on driving safely
  14. giving operators more time to answer questions
  15. providing operators a safer work environment since fare disputes are eliminated
  16. eliminating fare evasion and the criminalization of transit-using citizens
  17. fostering more public pride in shared, community resources


We're your independent alternative daily newspaper reaching every corner of B.C. and beyond.


By David Beers

In November of 2003 The Tyee began its swim upstream against the media trends of our day. We’re independent and not owned by any big corporation. We’re dedicated to publishing lively, informative news and views, not dumbed down fluff. We, like the tyee salmon for which we are named, roam free and go where we wish.

At the time of our launch we said we believe many people in British Columbia are “hungry for news and comment that reflects their actual lives, their own values.” And that an electronic newspaper able to reach all of B.C. was needed “because ‘The Big Smoke’ of Vancouver/Victoria hears too little from the rest of the province and together we have plenty of challenges and solutions to talk about.” We promised: “At The Tyee you'll find investigative reporting no one else is doing, and fresh viewpoints from all over B.C.”

Since then, The Tyee has attracted some of the best journalists in B.C. who have broken many important stories. We’ve published viewpoints banished from corporate media and shined a light on corners of the province Big Media ignores. We’ve provided a showcase for young talent and a forum for readers who post their opinions after our stories. The Globe and Mail has said we publish “some of the best investigative reporting in the province” and when the Senate Committee on the status of Canadian news media came to Vancouver, they invited Tyee editors to share their vision of improved media democracy. And in February 2006, boosted by tax deductible contributions from generous readers, we also launched two charitable fellowship funds for independent journalists.


Dave and daughter