Comment 25988

By Buckatrip (anonymous) | Posted July 18, 2008 at 11:26:57

Kudos to Councillor Sam for raising the issue and keeping transit use up front in the public forum, but I don't think free riding is the way to go all the time. There's a tendency, perhaps a by-produce of capitalistm, to value things by the price asked for them. In the long haul all free transit could lead to declining use and certainly would be open to devaluation by public officials looking to trim budgets.

However, the recent day-pass system tied to discounted community facilities is a winning idea, long overdue. Maintaining a day-to-day fare, perhaps even higher than the one we have now, with extra discounts for special events, health considerations, family-day passes, buck-a-trip promotions, special transit to special locations, use your imagination, occasional freebies and other imaginative promotions all encourage transit use while maintaining perceived value.

One of the things I'd like to see is "rounded fares" of an even twonie with unexpected, last-minute summer-fun loonie days just for the fun of it. Put a few local clowns on the bus and charge a buck.

That's my 100 cents worth.

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