Sunday, November 3, 2019

Candidate for Dayton City Commission David Esrati is proposing fare free public transit

The reality is, the taxpayers are already paying for RTA through the sales tax, and from Federal dollars, and the amount of money RTA collects through fares is negligible. Once you eliminate the costs of collecting fares- from the administration of tickets and passes and transfers, to the accounting and control functions of the funds, and then figure in fuel costs and time wasted while waiting to collect the fares- the amount of real revenue is almost none. By returning ad sales to the outsides and insides of buses, RTA could more than make up for the lost revenue and the increases in ridership would be even more desirable to advertisers.
https://esrati.com/esrati-proposes-free-public-transit/17386 

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Many people in Columbus, Ohio, see the benefits #freetransit would bring

“Ninety-five percent (of residents) don’t know what the inside of a bus looks like,” he said, and more people on the bus would mean fewer cars on the road.
“You can make an argument that it helps everybody,” Weiler said. “If we become the first major city in America (to offer free bus service), that will really put us on the map.”
Weiler said the move would benefit a broad section of the community, and employers would benefit, too, because some are having trouble keeping workers who struggle with transportation.
“I’ve had a ton of emails and phone calls: ‘What can I do to make it happen?’” Weiler said.
“There are a large number of people who want to help.”

https://www.dispatch.com/news/20190329/despite-resistance-developer-continues-campaign-for-free-cota-bus-service 

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Clevelanders for Public Transit

clefortransit.org Today, riders from Clevelanders for Public Transit (CPT) will be hosting a march and rally to demand immediate funding for frequent, affordable and reliable transit. Riders will meet at 5 p.m. at RTA Headquarters, 1240 West 6th Street before marching to Public Square for a 5:30 p.m. rally.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Cars choking Columbus, Oh

The Guardian: "But its transit problems are evident. The freeways into the city are packed at rush hour, and the downtown business district faces a car parking crunch, with few and expensive spaces for the 45,000 workers."

Friday, July 7, 2017

Akron METRO, SARTA, PARTA offer free bus fares through August

cleveland.com: "AKRON, Ohio -- Residents of Summit, Stark and Portage Counties can take advantage of free public transportation every Friday, July 7-Aug. 31.

Akron METRO, SARTA and PARTA will offer free bus rides as part of their "Summer in the Cities" promotion to encourage passengers to explore all three counties at no cost."

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Columbus Shows What Free Bus Passes Can Do for Ridership

Next City: "CCSID just wrapped up a pilot project during which they gave free transit passes to 844 workers at four companies from June 2015 to January 2017. The results were encouraging, with bus ridership among participants increasing from 6.4 percent to 12.2 percent. That’s good, especially considering citywide, only 3.6 percent of commuters take transit and 79 percent drive alone."