No Fares!

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This series by Dave Olsen, funded by readers who donated to The Tyee Fellowship for Solutions-oriented Reporting, takes a hard look at fare hikes and spending priorities by B.C.'s transit planners, as well as rising greenhouse emissions and pollution by the private automobile, and asks: Why are we creating any barriers for people who might take public transit? Olsen seeks a solution by travelling to Whidbey Island in Washington State and a Belgian big city to explore wholly tax-supported systems that don't charge riders. He finds them more efficient, civil and well-used than ours.

In This Series

opinion

Dave Olsen with his daughter

No Fares! A Reader-funded Solutions Series

Is it crazy to imagine free public transit? Or crazy not to? You made possible Dave Olsen's inquiry.

By David Beers, 5 Jul 2007


opinion

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17 Reasons (or More) to Stop Charging People to Ride the Bus

The case for Fare-Free Transit.

By Dave Olsen, 5 Jul 2007


opinion

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Next Door to BC, the Bus Is Free

Fare-free transit on Whidbey Island is a 20-year success story.

By Dave Olsen, 6 Jul 2007


opinion

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No Hassle Transit? Try Hasselt

Belgian city offers BC a workable, fare-free model.

By Dave Olsen, 9 Jul 2007


opinion

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Let's Knock Off the Fare Box

Most BC transit authorities in the dark about the real costs of collecting fares.

By Dave Olsen, 12 Jul 2007


opinion

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Paying for 'Free' Transit

It would take political will to shift priorities.

By Dave Olsen, 13 Jul 2007


Air Christy Hits New Milestone: $355,000

Where in the province is our premier's posse flying? Your latest update.

By Bob Mackin