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
Is it crazy to imagine free public transit? Or crazy not to? You made possible Dave Olsen's inquiry.
The case for Fare-Free Transit.
Fare-free transit on Whidbey Island is a 20-year success story.
Belgian city offers BC a workable, fare-free model.
Most BC transit authorities in the dark about the real costs of collecting fares.
It would take political will to shift priorities.