Cities are experimenting with free buses. So far, so good.

There will be a huge change in transportation in some places in the U.S. as people won’t have to pay the regular fare to use public transportation. This move will be some sort of “improvement” for the transportation regulations that the government is trying to implement to make more people become public transportation users without thinking about how much they will need to spend every time they use the bus. Unfortunately, a handful of smaller cities that have tried out free transit have backtracked — mostly for financial reasons. The criticisms of free public transit beyond economics are even flimsier. The fact that a common criticism once a city goes fare-free is that riders take longer routes than necessary is particularly strange. No one would think it a sign of failure if a city built a parkway and the net effect was that drivers traveled more miles in an average week.

https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/new-york-washington-boston-look-free-public-buses-transit-rcna63670

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