Friday, December 6, 2019

Perspicacious candidate for Campbell City Council calls for #freetransit @lopezforca

I’ve had discussions with policymakers who argue that a better approach to improving our service is to offer cheaper fares to those who can least afford it, while charging those who can afford it a higher price, allowing this latter group to subsidize the service for other riders. This approach, known as means testing (and which is pretty close to what VTA already does), makes sense if you think the purpose of public transit is to eke out a bit more money, more efficiently. But if you believe in getting as many drivers out of their cars to combat climate change, or in improving our economic climate by allowing more working class residents to easily get to and from work without requiring them to own a car, this paradigm makes much less sense than making transit free altogether. 

San Francisco Supervisor calls for #freepublictransit

Friday, October 25, 2019

Placer County, CA, considering fare-free #publictransit

Free public transit could be coming soon to eastern Placer County, as the county Board of Supervisors today recommended moving forward with a program that will offer free fares for Tahoe Truckee Area Regional Transit bus routes in Placer County. 

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Autosprawl Meltdown continues

The wasteful sprawl system was never sustainable. Now it is coming to a brutal end. Local taxes and utilities can no longer support the spread-out living of autosprawl and Wall Street has squeezed out whatever money was left.

The solution is to make urban buses fare free and stop subsidizing sprawl.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Silicon valley candidate calls for fare-free #publictransit

Today, as I run for Campbell City Council, many of the same bus lines that served my community when I was growing up have now been cut. Over the past two decades, the West Valley and North County have suffered the most in terms of VTA service, even as those areas see continued growth in employment and population. That’s why we should not only be advocating expansion of service, but discussing how to make public transportation free. 

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Stockton, CA, #freetransit for students

Starting Thursday, seventh through 12th grade students can take public transportation for free. It's thanks to a new partnership between the Stockton Unified School District and the San Joaquin Regional Transit District.