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July 4, 2008 - ABC News: Penny McLintock Free public transport worth re-considering: Stanhope
Chief Minister Jon Stanhope says the ACT Government might consider making bus travel free in Canberra if patronage of the service does not dramatically improve.
Mr Stanhope says the Government considered fully subsidising the ACTION bus service in the past but the idea was rejected because of repeated advice showing price was not the main reason for low patronage of the service.
April 22, 2008 - Earth Day. Austin, Texas Bus Riders' Union announces Free Public Transit proposal.
March 19, 2008 - The Philadelphia Inquirer Interstate Highway 95 vacant as it is shut down for emergency repairs. The autosprawl system is crumbling under its own weight. With oil-wars not going well, the carbon-auto system has gone to the well too many times. Taxpayers can no longer afford the trillion-dollar subsidy. Now we are stuck with an unsafe, unsustainable, unworkable system.
Ugly, useless, mess - now needs expensive fix.
What else is about to fall?
January 11, 2008 - Dana Kozlov CHICAGO (CBS) ― "After months of debate and disagreement, Illinois lawmakers have agreed on a way to fund public transportation. But Gov. Rod Blagojevich has thrown a wrench in those plans by agreeing to the bill, only if seniors, 65 and older, ride for free.... Ideally, Gov. Rod Blagojevich says, everyone should be able to ride public transportation for free."
November 25th, 2007 - The Charlotte Observer - "Charlotte's coming-out party for light rail Saturday drew unexpectedly large crowds....Trains rolled into stations with people standing nose to shoulder, often allowing only inches for new passengers to board. Riders waited as long as two hours at the I-485/South Boulevard station for free rides. And the Charlotte Area Transit System began driving rail passengers back to their cars on buses because the lines for return train trips were so long."
October 11th, 2007 - digital journal posted by Bart B. Van Bockstaele. Den Bosch, a city in The Netherlands, will organize free public transportation for everyone in 2008. The government of the province of North-Brabant has decided this today when discussing three public transportation experiments.
September 4th, 2007 - Transit Miami. "So there you have it. This is what Miami is up against; this is what America is up against. It goes to show that our federal government is not serious whatsoever about curbing driving demand, pursuing sustainability, or fighting climate change."
August 25th, 2007 - Two libertarians advocate free public transit - a "no-brainer" says one.
August 23rd, 2007 - Nurture New York's Nature advocates free public transit.
August 16th, 2007 - smh.com - TWO-THIRDS of Australians want free travel on buses, trains and ferries, funded from Federal Government surpluses, a nationwide survey says.
August 1st, 2007 - Minnesota governor vetoes gas tax. Bridge collapses.
Your tax cuts at work!
August 1st, 2007 - Flexcar's low-car diet. 27 takers in Portland.
July 26th, 2007 - Alternet publishes Dave Olsen , leading advocate of free public transit.
July 16th, 2007 - Philly Car Share offers free transit to customers when they take public transit to a car share. Transit Topics Online.
July 5th, 2007 - The Tyee , a British Columbia Newspaper, publishes five part series advocating free public transportation.
July 1st, 2007 - Global Investor - Hasselt Celebrates 10 Years of Free Public Transport
June 27th, 2007 - Environmental organizations issue "Call for a moratorium on EU Agrofuel targets and incentives, and on Agroenergy from large-scale monocultures in the EU." Joint Press Release by EcoNexus, Biofuelwatch, Corporate Europe Observatory .
June 21st, 2007 - The American Public Transporation Association announces: "More than 100 public transportation agencies nationwide will be participating in the Second Annual 2007 National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 21. Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), 2007 National Dump the Pump Day is a public awareness day that emphasizes the environmental benefits of using public transportation."
June 7th, 2007 - USA Today reports: "Charlottesville, Va., home of the University of Virginia, is... considering joining a handful of cities in the USA that have eliminated transit fares in hopes of spurring ridership on public transportation and relieving congestion."
June 1st, 2007 - Auto-Free New York advocates Free Public Transit. "...In particular the city should move to raise the price for motorists to enter the Manhattan Central Business District, who now for the most part pay nothing to use costly-to-maintain bridges and potholed streets, and to further lower the price for transit use. Just how low can we go? Well, all the way to zero is a possibility!"
May 20th, 2007 - We are the news. Free Public Transit advocates, take heart! We are small, but growing. We now have this website to focus our argument. Keep the criticisms and suggestions coming. The corporate trolls are caught off guard. They have no answer to us. How do they explain all the success stories? It is not a pipe dream. Free public transit is up and running in many places right now. Don't be fooled though, there is a lot of profit at stake. The blow-back from entrenched interests will be strong and sustained. We at freepublictransit.org are expecting a long bitter fight.