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

No Fares 2

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


Don't Overreact, Don't Degrade Our Democracy

We can't let this week's attacks turn Canada into a garrison state.

By Crawford Kilian