Anneke van Bommel 
Member since May 27, 2016


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Re: “Public transit should be free

This is absurd. It would absolutely be amazing if transit was free in most cities. But. Surprise. It is not.
Transit in Halifax does not have the population nor the financial backup or interest to subsidise this very necessary component of urban life. Toronto; the 4th largest city in North America cannot even afford it's own transit system.....so with the model that Halifax is using; how is it even sustainable?

With population and demand in specific routes; it seems to me that the only way that this system can be sustainable is by running peak hour routes; targeting major areas etc. Unfortunately, this city does not have the tax dollars to finance a sophisticated transit system. I hope that someday it will; but remain skeptical.

I would think that actually making transit a necessity in any city that is vast and sprawling would warranty free transit. Halifax is by contrast small; walkable and compact; which is one of it's major perks.

Perhaps energies may be better spent encouraging or rallying government to subsidise people in a low income / government assistance situation with free transit.

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Posted by Anneke van Bommel on 05/27/2016 at 9:39 PM

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