Monday, April 19, 2010

State Treasurer candidate advocates free public transportation

...Public transportation should be fully funded by the state and federal governments. Debra Reiger, the Peace and Freedom Party's candidate for state treasurer, calls for free public transportation, not just for BART, but for all agencies in the state...

Mary McIlroy

El Cerrito


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Transit advocate may run for mayor of Oakland

Kaplan, who is Oakland's first openly lesbian elected official, said that she would address "critical concerns" including more economic revitalization, local hire policies and livable communities.

A former AC Transit Board director, Kaplan touted her accomplishments as having updated city zoning regulations and obtaining funds to launch a free transit shuttle in downtown Oakland.

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Roseville - Ride free this week with your library card

Celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries by participating in National Library Week, April 11-17, 2010. Library cardholders receive free trips on Roseville Transit Local Service during this week--just show your Roseville library card to the bus driver when boarding. This offer is not valid on Dial-A-Ride or Commuter Services.

Show your Roseville library card for other free benefits during April 11-17. Visit for details.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

More freedom with free public transit

Some might argue that people choose to take public transportation, which means that they should pay for it. As someone who rode public transportation for a few years, I can attest to the fact that many people who ride public transportation represent groups that do not have access to cars. This is either due to the fact that they cannot drive, or they are not in an economic class that cannot handle the financial burden of a vehicle.

Overall, I think one can make a good argument that public transportation should be free. Granted, the cost has to be covered somewhere and ultimately the taxpayer will feel the cost, but in a free society it makes sense to give people access to geography. By making public transportation free, people can get around. The ability to travel is an important part of freedom. Todd Pheifer on Helium