I'm not for entitlements, but when the government pays for a good or service and it benefits the economy as a whole it's not an entitlement. If everyone can get from point A to point B when ever they have to for free this creates the potential for great upward mobility. This would reduce unemployment as job opportunities could be searched for in a wider area for people without cars. We should include not just intracity but intercity and even magnet trains to allow for even interstate commutation between states further away from each other.
It would save the planet from global warming and in turn would save money because more people would be using the same car saving millions. It costs almost $10 for a one way trip across town and for many people this could pay for dinner. On top of this it would reduce congestion on the road.
Free public transport would reduce the number of cars on the road. Global warming is a serious issue and, if public transport was free, more people would use it, taking cars off the road. 1 train could take 2000 cars off the road. A public transport system with 20 trains could take 40,000 cars off the road. Some people would simply choose to not own cars, further reducing the number of cars on the road. Across dozens of cities in a nation and thousands world-wide, the result of free public transport would be dramatic in cutting vehicle emissions and combating global warming.
We would need more public transport workers. With increased and better public transport, we would need more bus and train drivers, creating jobs. This is great with the global financial crisis. And it work make it easier for people to get to their job - they could just get on a bus.
Provided the government runs a reliable and efficient service where they can meet demand for the free public transport I think that it would be a good idea.
If people switched from cars to bus or train it would reduce congestion on roads, lots of new road projects wouldn't have to go ahead (which can take up land) and pollution levels, such as noise and atmospheric pollution would be reduced.
As for jobs, jobs will be created to run the increased services and jobs will be destroyed as less people buy cars and some road construction jobs may be lost.
The government should also build more cycle routes so that people can cycle to work instead of being forced to drive or go by bus/train.
The city spends our tax money to maintain the roads. If public transit was free, more people would use it instead of driving. The roads would have fewer cars and more buses, and overall there would be less traffic. The city wouldn't need to spend anywhere near as much on road construction and maintenance.
Yes absolutely. It will give everybody the chance of fair free movement. The public transport has to become a right not only a public service. Anyway tax payers are paying even now for the public transport. Free PT has many benefits considering social, ecological and even financial issues. I believe if we exclude the economical interests there is a great possibilities for many cities in the world to develop a free PT.
Public transport should be paid for by donation, and by taxation if the level of donation is not sufficient. This would be much more efficient. If we got rid of the stupid, complex, expensive ticket systems, we could save a lot of money and therefore the actual price of travel would be cheaper also. A tax like the medicare levy could be paid by all people who do use public transport significantly. We could re-introduce conductors to keep the peace, exclude trouble makers, and help people with directions. This would prevent job loss, the ticket police and machine service people could become conductors. Random occasional spot-checks on public transport could be used to check if people are being honest with their tax, if that is considered to be necessary.
If public transport wasn't free think about how much a car costs, the fuel just to run the car... It is TERRIBLE!!! Furthermore, you can do more things like calling someone, texting someone and even relaxing if it is a long ride. You don't have to worry about bumping into other cars and damaging you car.
I am writing this to tell you how much I strongly agree that public transportation should be free. People with a disability mostly because they may not be able to drive a car and the freedom they may get from being in that passenger seat is truly amazing. They probably feel bad about their disability already, and forcing them to pay just for a ride is cruelty and shouldn't be accepted.
Most people use public transport because they either have no car or no one to drive them places. If public transport was free, then the money that you would pay to use to wherever you are going would go to maybe buying a car. And besides, no one wants to pay anyways, because if it was free, more people would use them
If all public transportation were free, low-income individuals would be able to take jobs in places they could not otherwise take. Truly poor and desperate people usually can't afford to go to interviews, which of course keeps them poor. This isn't some kind of luxury, because nobody wants to ride the bus, if they don't have to.
Public transport is better for society as a whole. It creates less pollution, needs less energy (hence less carbon emissions) and uses less road space. Also instead of building expensive road infrastructure (including for parking), the same public money can be spent on improving the reach, convenience and quality of public transport. The question is - given these huge advantages, should public transport users bear the cost, or should it be passed on to everyone. The short answer is - if the quality of public transport is assured - then making it cheap, even free - is actually better for society as a whole.
* This may not apply to societies, where the majority does not even use public transport, but walks or cycles.
Those who oppose providing free or subsidized public transport conveniently ignore the fact that personal auto vehicles receive visible as well invisible subsidies from the Government. Personal transport user rarely pays for the road and highway construction, gets roadside parking free (in many countries), and by externalizes environmental and pollution costs, he escapes paying for the damage his personal auto vehicle causes to the city's environment that starts losing open spaces, heritage buildings, natural environment such as water bodies, urban forests, hills, and flora and fauna because personal autos need more and more space for roads, parking, highways and their appetite for fuel is never satiated. If all the costs are taken into account, very inexpensive or even free public transport will cost the Govt much less than the amount it presently spends on maintaining the unsustainable personal auto vehicle based city model. The neglect of the inner city also encourages people to live father and farther away thus creating not only auto vehicle based unhealthy and obese lifestyle and urban sprawl but also makes it more difficult to popularize walking and cycling which have a much smaller carbon footprint. The Government needs to support public transport, walking and cycling on a massive scale and simultaneously introduce disincentives in the path of the personal auto vehicle. The fiscal savings from such a policy will not only enable offering "free public transport" but also leave enough balance in the kitty for other public needs.
Individual transportation is a major hindrance to the American economy - it is far more expensive for everyone to own and run their own vehicles (for the individual and government) than it would be if the strong majority rode public trans (including buses and logically placed networks of trains). It would not subtract cost away from other departments - taxes would merely increase (and, when looked into more, they wouldn't as rode construction would dramatically decrease). Buses and trains would be far more appealing (aesthetically and in terms of consumption) if, instead of only the poor using them, the general population does. Look at trains in Europe - they are far more enjoyable to ride in than cars.
Transportation play a vital role to the country growth and every country wants to reduce their import oil bill. this invoice is beneficial for those country which do not have oil resources in their country, there are several advantage if government provide free transport to the people E.g if government provide bus for the sixty people so they can save oil consumption of sixty vehicle, they can reduce the pollution, the can also reduced the accident casualties.
Should not have to pay for public. Transit, its not an issue on affordable, I can afford to pay yo own a car but ill never be able to drive. Currently the fare in my city is 2 bucks for about 8 miles of.travel, which is way above the cost of gas. It also costs me 20 bucks everytime i wanna get groceries. No. IKEA for me everything is shipping.
When more people use public transportation, there are fewer cars on the road. This decreases air and noise pollution and reduces traffic delays for people who need to use cars. Public transportation (like buses and trains) is also safer than automobiles. The positive aspects of public transport benefit the community as a whole, and should be encouraged via government subsidies.
Not only is public transportation vital to the indigent and working poor, it is also better for the environment. Owning a vehicle is a luxury many simply cannot afford. The government has a responsibility to ensure that those who cannot get around on their own have a viable way to get to work, do their shopping and go to appointments. Public transportation should be easy to use and free to the public.
I think they should be free because we pay the state a lot of taxes and they should provide us with free transportation to jobs we don't have access to. That would be appropriate considering all the things we have to pay for. That would allow people to get more jobs easily
The government needs to step up and pay for all public transportation in an effort to encourage people to utilize public transportation rather than driving cars. Buses, trains, and subways are much better for the environment than cars because they transport many people at once, ultimately reducing carbon emissions when compared to individuals driving individual vehicles. The environment needs to be a priority in this day and age.
Of course public transportation has to be paid for, but it should not be paid for through the purchase of tickets by individual riders-it should be paid for by society as a whole through the one mechanism we have available for this, taxation.
Yes, it would cost some tax money, but it would also help further the survival of our resources. It would also save Americans gas money - money which could then be spent on other things to help rebuild the economy.
Those of us that live in NYC pay a tax on our checks each week for MTA . Not only that the government gives them million and million of dollars a year on top of that revenue. So we have paid for our fare already!!! What's really troublesome about the entire thing, is they keep raising the fare each month. I pay $600 a month just to get to school most people pay that in rent .
If public transports are expensive, people will consider to buy their own transportation. It would be a chaos if all people have their private transport, traffic jam will be the major problem. Furthermore the country should spend more money for fuel. Fuel demand will be high and cause an economical impact to developing countries. Some developing countries still give subsidy for fuel, this countries will suffer loan.
Free transport means more people travel by buses and trains than cars and their own transport, this would mean less car exhaust released and less petrol used, this is environmentally friendly as well as lowering the financial pressure for people who cannot afford cars and have to travel by public transport.
I am currently having this issue....I have bills and school loans and I can barely afford to eat. I at least want to be able to go to school and its really hard for me. I'm trying right now to figure out how I can pay for the ridiculous 75 dollar month bus pass, and I just simply can't. So I feel like I'm being forced to not finish school. America is so money hungry and making it hard for people to live. People say having an education is freedom, but how can you get an education when you can't even get to school?
Public transportation should be free because the junior and senior citizens of Australia may have trouble with the amount of money spent travellin around. It would be better for the environment if the government makes the public transportation free of charge. The people will then have no problem travelling around.
Benefits on the environment- yes buses and trains use a little bit more fuel than cars but just say that there were 50 people who had to get from Geelong to Melbourne they had the choice of the bus or train or their cars, if they choose their cars they would be using more fuel than if they all took the bus or train, And if it was free more people would go on public transport, creating less pollution.
Free public transport fosters long term self-sustainability, promotes independence, and permits spending on other household essentials. In 2010, transportation costs accounted for 36 cents out of every dollar spent in the poorest fifth of Australians, 98% of which was spent on purchasing, operating, and maintaining their cars. As urban sprawl increases around the country and transportation choices like walking and biking are reduced, private transportation costs rise and the demand for public transportation increases. If free public transport options were made available to more nonurban areas, it would allow more low-income individuals to distribute more funds to other essential expenses. Currently, according to the Queensland government website, the average Queenslander spends $193 per week on transport costs. If free public transport was to be introduced then these numbers would radically decrease as they will not be spending money on public transport and they would also be saving money on private transportation costs. Free public transport will drastically lower individual’s expenses and will allow the individual to spend money on other everyday essentials.
If all public transport was free to use then this would be a definite opportunity for advertisements inside the vehicles, this would provide plenty of revenue to run this free service. This free transport would lessen the amount of vehicles on the road and thus reduce the total amount of pollution created daily. It is a known fact that the increasing level of greenhouse gasses are slowly killing our planet, now we have a simple cost effective way of dealing with the problem. This would also make it easier for disadvantaged members of the community to travel to locations such as soup kitchens, how would you feel if you couldn't travel to food just because the public transport service was too expensive?
Public transit should be considered a basic public service. These days, we need a solid transportation system to transport people to work, travel etc. By having all transit free to ride, paid for by taxation of society, we could resolve quite a few issues. It would make transportation available to those previously unable to afford it so that they may better themselves (and contribute to society), it would help the environment by reducing emissions, it would make society healthier by encouraging active lifestyles (you'd be surprised how many pounds you can lose walking to your bus stop), and it would also catalyze the improvement of the transportation system in general. Everybody knows basic economics... When you suddenly have more people using the system, more resources can be allocated to it, allowing you to make the system run more often, reach farther, be faster, and be more efficient. This effect would continue for as long as transit ridership would continue to increase.
Negative effects can be countered. Increased numbers of "problem riders" can be dealt with by stricter security enforcement, which could be afforded because of the increased efficiency of the system. Other negative effects may not actually be negative, and need to just be observed from a different perspective. Though cities may lose out on revenue (in areas where transit is not subsidized, but profitable), but the local economy in general would be boosted. And likewise, though taxes would definitely increase to pay for this, people in general will not mind paying a few dollars more for the massive gains from this system if they're smart, observative, and think about the big picture.
Cities cannot function properly with private transportation (congestion, pollution). Private transport requires big subsidies from tax payers to fund expensive infrastructure, and it is a never ending catch up game where there is never enough space for the increase in number of vehicles. The efficient, low impact and safe movement of persons to/from work and consumption places is an essential good that should be shared by everybody just like health care or education. Tax and fund those services and have a not for profit entity run it. Its not free but it is better.
If we have to go to work we should be allowed to get everywhere without having to pay for it. Also, as a young student I do not have very much money and it is extremely expensive to get around London! If you make public transport cheaper less people will also use cars and less pollution
If the government makes public transport free, then many more people will start to use it. This means that because these people are starting to use public transport, less cars are on the road so less gases are produced - this means that global warming will not be as bad as right now, because many people will be using public transport instead of cars.
Owning a vehicle is a luxury many simply cannot afford. The government has a responsibility to ensure that those who cannot get around on their own have a viable way to get to work, do their shopping and go to appointments. Public transportation should be easy to use and free to the public.
Granting that the public transport is scientifically designed and engineered for the common good, then, it is decongestant to traffic jam, it saves a considerable travel time, it poses a much safer travel condition, you spare your self from the thoughts and actions of driving - without the steering wheel and the gear stick, you spare yourself from the private transport liabilities, comparatively much viable economically, ensure a much less carbon footprint, and the procurement and the operating cost are equitably shared among the sovereign. NOEL G. BUTAD
If a person has a job or money to shop with, but no way of getting there, they lose and so does the economy. We spend billions subsidizing city transportation systems and hardly anyone in the south uses them because they still have to pay more to get from point A to B. Routes need to be improved going to where people want to go without having to walk three miles after getting off a bus. Getting to work free will increase riders on public transport. Those people will have more cash to spend in the economy.
If more people were using public transport intead of cars, air pollution would be significantly reduced to a certain percentage - which in conclusion, would help our environment. If more people were using public transport I stead of cars, air pollution would be significantly reduced to a certain percentage - which in conclusion, would help our environment.
This means there will be fewer cars on the road, which means less traffic and so a decrease in traffic collisions. It is also good for the environment because it means a decrease in air pollution. It is also convenient for people who do not drive. It makes it easier for them to get to work and can help students to get to school or college as well as people who will not necessarily want to spend money on transport.
Public transportation produces 95 percent less carbon monoxide, 1/2 as much CO2 per passenger mile, as private transportation. Public transportation services in more congested cities saved travelers 1.1 billion hours of added travel times. It is an alternative to rising gas prices. If public transportation was free, it would greatly influence the population of cities to not buy private vehicles. Also, people have shown that they support public transportation but easily clearing legislation for increased services.
In my opinion, there are more important things that the government should support and fully cover, like hospitals, fire and police departments, and maybe even schools. They could even support child care or children hospitals more, because they can't be fully free. Transport is cheap enough as it is. The government can't pay for everything.
If we eliminate cost to public transportation it will not be free. Free means without cost. Now when you get a free sample from a shop is it without cost? No, the shopkeeper still has to pay for the free samples. But if cost for public transportation is abolished then who will pay the bus drivers? Who will pay for the gas? Who will pay for the subway engineers? The taxpayers money will pay the bus drivers.The taxpayers money will pay for the gas. The taxpayers money will pay the engineers But you see why would someone want to pay for something they don’t use. Take San Francisco for example. 31% of people take some sort of public transit to work but why should the other 69% have to pay for it as well. It isn’t really fair. It is like subscribing to a magazine that someone else reads. But how would the taxpayers cope with that? They would start reading the magazine. They would start taking public transportation instead of their own private vehicle. But if everybody stopped driving their own private vehicles then there would be no automotive demand. Now if there is no automotive demand how are the auto companies going to cope with the loss of funds? They are going to lay off workers. Now if the 16 highest producing manufacturers (GM, Volkswagen, Ford, Toyota, Nissan, Peugeot, Honda, BMW, Suzuki, Renault, Fiat, Daimler AG, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Dongfeng, Tata) laid off their workers that would be 2,713,632 people out of work. So 2,713,632 people out of work what happens next? Worst case scenario public transportation becomes free, car manufacturers go bankrupt before they have time to begin to make buses, trains and trolleys, millions laid off, economy plummets, the world goes into a tailspin, and we all die. But how can we prevent this? How can we prevent imminent death at the hands of our own ignorance? We can continue to charge for public transportation.
Public transport should not be free and paid for by the government because government cannot afford to pay for it unless other vital services to the general public are cut drastically. The possibility of free public transportation falls far below the necessities of other services and should be prioritized according to importance of maintaining a viable society.
I do not think that the government should pay for public transportation. There are a lot of people who use public transportation to travel to and from work because they do not own a vehicle, or choose not to use it to go to work. I think that they have the income to pay for a ride to and from work. I think that if the government started to foot the bill for public transportation, then everyone would park their vehicles and take the bus to work, especially with the cost of gas now. This will only put a bigger burden on the taxpayers who are more than likely working class Americans who do drive to work, in their own vehicles, and have to purchase their own gas. This would not be at all fair to them.
Public transportation is already offered at a greatly reduced price than most private forms of transportation and needs to be paid for by those who use it the most. We shouldn't all have to pay for something that few of us use. Bus passes are relatively inexpensive but those revenues help keep public transportation moving.
People should have to pay for public transport. The government has enough expenses without having to pay for public transport. The government does not buy people's cars, so why should they pay to transport people who choose to use public transport. It would be nice though maybe if the government could do something to lower the cost of this type of transportation, then maybe more people would use it.
I don't think the government should pay for public transport. There are more important things like fire departments, hospitals and, police departments that the government should fully cover but doesn't in some places. I think people should pay for their own transport because not everything should be up to the government. Public transport is cheap enough for people to pay for it without the help of the government.
Even if it is free, it isn't really free. Another tax will just be added to make us pay for it. Even in countries where public transportation is successful, there is still a fee. I don't think it should be free. I'd rather pay with my own money, then pay with tax paying money.
The current budget shows a huge deficit. There is no way that the government can afford to offer all public transportation for free at this time. There are so many other more pressing problems right now that this should not even be considered. The government needs to reign in spending and not add to their spending by proposing something that would cost billions and billions of dollars. Whether this might be a good idea down the line is something that should be addressed at another time. Right now the focus needs to be on paying for the programs we currently have that we cannot afford.
Present culture of paying for their travel is the best way of transport. If public travelling is made free it may be misused by some people. It may also affect the financial status of government. Even they may suffer from loss of income from transport department. Some may have unnecessary travel affecting others. It may lead to congestion and crowd in public transport.
More people would use public transportation if the cost was lower. Because public transportation is good for the environment and helps people get to their jobs, I think the government should pay for a lot of the cost of it. It should cost something for the people who use it, but not so much that it would be cheaper to drive their own cars.
Public transport needs money to keep it running. And employees need to be paid. Therefore, passengers should pay. The government should just pay for essential services with our tax dollars. Perhaps some people would be eligible for some sort of ticket reduction if they are poor. There is no free ride, even on public transport.
Making all public transportation free is not a good idea because of the burden that it would put on already over-taxed taxpayers. Usually, the fees for public transportation are very reasonable, and it only makes sense that those who use the service should help to support the system. Using public transportation is much more economical than driving your own vehicle, so I feel that it is a good deal for the users.
While there is a handful of people who would benefit greatly with free transportation costs, I believe too many would abuse the system and the expenses would be astronomical to maintain it. It should be offered at the lowest price possible, but until the country's priorities are straight, there are too many other needs that are more important.
While public transportation should be expanded and improved, there is no reason to make it free. When people stop to consider the tremendous expense of owning and operating even one private automobile, it becomes readily apparent that a great deal of public transportation costs could be covered by that amount and still leave money in people's pockets. The hidden costs of automobiles is huge; public transportation, when safe, clean, reliable and wide-spread would be a bargain.
I do grant you the fact that public transportation is for anybody. I am sure there are many people who would love to not buy a pass for the subway however, there are many people who do not use public transport at all. In the bigger cities like New York and LA public transport is a part of everyday life. If they had a city tax to pay for it that would be understandable. Most cities though are not that dependent on public transport. There is a bus line in the city of which my city is a suburb but not many people use it. The buses run from early morning to late night and I have to say I have never rode one. The majority of use they get are city school children and those who do not or cannot drive. I would not be happy if my tax dollars (federally) were to pay for something that most people never use.
I've been around long enough to see what happens when government controls and pays for education. The centralization of free public education has been particularly bad. The nation's decline in standardized test scores could be replicated by control of the infrastructure. I've seen what has been the result of subsidized trains and bus service and can see nothing good coming out of free public transportation.
I think most people find public transportation to be quite affordable compared to other methods of transportation. On the other hand, for some people it could be a burden. Maybe there could be a system where certain people could get a reduced fare or ride for free, depending on their economic situation, like the lunch programs they have in schools. Have it based on your income.
It is already hard enough finding jobs, it will be even worse if there is free public transport. The jobs of car sellers, car manufactures, ticket inspectors, ticket sellers, parking police (basically everyone in need of a job) will be destroyed. And we only recently got myki. It took so much money putting them into buses, trains and trams. It would be such a waste if we said we don't need them anymore.
I believe that World War Two is the perfect example of why we should not have free public transportation. If you start making things free for everyone, then what is the point of paying for anything? Such is the case with free health care. It makes a person not want to work hard for anything.
Cyclists, walkers and others who depend on non mechanical transport methods will be the people who fill the buses if public transport is free; rather than those in cars. Cycling and walking are the least luxurious means of transport (physical exertion, no protection form surroundings...) although they are the most cost effective. Public transport is more luxurious than cycling, although it comes at a cost that cyclists are not willing to pay. If public transport had no fee, then it would be just as cost effective as cycling so people will trade their bikes for the extra luxury a bus or train provides. Thus, free public transport will discourage eco-friendly transport methods.
Furthermore, a negligible amount of cars will be taken off the road compared to the amount taken from eco-friendly methods. Those currently driving cars are willing to invest in the most luxurious form of transport; their own car. The majority of these people will not degrade themselves to public transport, because they can currently afford the hefty price tag. Moreover, there is the paradox that motorists will most likely view free public transport as a way to take other vehicles off the road, so they can continue to drive in less traffic.
Therefor, the environmental benefits that many believe will arise due to public transport, are non-existent; free public transport will be more harmful to the environment compared to our current status.
Tax payer should not pay for transit. Users should pay for it, they use it. If I use town water I pay for it if I use my well water I don't. When12% of a population uses transit and it costs billions to support
there is a very big issue. Easy fix hold a referendum for all to vote, democracy at its finest.
The Australian economy is growing everyday and we need money to support this economy and public transport is a heavily used thing and loads of money comes from there. Have the most thing ever so a day will rise when someone will have to face the most bad thing ever
We are fine the way we are, paying for what we need and paying for what we want. What if when the public transport is free, bad things happen, such as overcrowding on public transport and getting taxed more? Why change when we are perfectly fine the way we are?
If public transport became free, then everyone would start using it. They would catch a tram 100 meters down the street when they could easily have walked that distance. It would encourage people to just jump on a bus to their work instead of having a 30 minute walk, which would give them exercise and warm them up for the day.
Another thing is, buses, trains and trams would also become very crowded - even more crowded than they are now (and they are quite crowded already!) This would mean that it would be uncomfortable. Then we would need more trains, buses and trams which would mean needing the money to get them and who would have to pay? US, the taxpayers! You see, then people would have to pay for public transport even if they were not using it, and who wants to do that?
Really, i think the system should stay as it is - it works fine and everybody's happy :)
We need to revisit the true purpose of government only as it is necessary. The government exists simply to protect the freedom and rights of its citizens, from other countries and from each other. Transportation is not a right, it is a service. I do not expect anyone else to pick up my car payments, and I should not have to pay for someone else's bus ride.
The fact is that if someone doesn’t pay for it, someone else has to pay for it. When people pay to go on public transport, they pay to travel, and those funds are placed to help improve the transport services however, when people do not pay for their services, the government needs funding from other areas, in other words: Taxpayers. Therefore, if no one pays for themselves, others who may not even use public transport would have to pay for them!
Even if public transport was made free and the government paying for it we as individuals will still be charged because the government will be paying for it through taxes. Australians are taxed enough do we really deserve to be charged more just so some of us can travel for free. Not many people catch public transport, we would all be charged for the few people that do catch public transport can travel for free.
The user pay system is what keeps this service running. If we take that away wheres the money going to come from??? Tax payers that might not even use the service are going to have to pay!!!And even so, the drivers will be payed less. This week even the busdrivers in Qld, Australia are going on strike from 10-2 because of 'fund realated issues'. Hows that gonna work if the passengers arent even paying??? I MEAN SERIOUSLY, FORK UP $2.30 FOR THE GUY THAT DRIVES YOU HOME!!!
All transport from pretty much the beginning of time has used the user pay system. This way only people that are using the service have to pay and enough funds are raised to continue the service. If not, an extra tax is going to be put into all our mailboxes and we are gonna have to pay for some losers who can't bother forking over $1.16 for bus fare!
The money that will be put into more public transport will come out of our pockets in tax, what if you live in the country? You will have to pay for something that you don't use. What if you have a job interview and your only transport is the bus, but the bus is blocked with shoppers with shopping bags and you are late for your interview?
The money earned from transportation is a huge factor in a city/country's economy. If that is taken away, the government will have to increase the amount of money we have to pay for tax, thus being a burden for low-income families. This being because the amount we need to pay for electricity, water, education and mortgage bills are getting higher so that wouldn't be fair for them. If everyone pays for transportation, the cost would probably be cheaper if than paying more tax.
If public transport was to become free of charge it’s most likely that the costs would be left to the government; the government would then increase everyone’s taxes in order to pay for it. Thus putting the costs back on to us anyway, so in the end it wouldn’t be free public transport it would just appear to be.
Due to the sudden decrease of income, the public transport company might close down as the company is not able to sustain with such low amount of salary. This may also lead to a lack of drivers as they might think that passengers do not appreciate their hard work by driving the bus full day yet they do not pay for it. This will also affect the school bus operation as more students will rather take the free public transport rather than paying money for school bus. Last but not least, Students will tend to go out more as public transport is free. Consequently, they will neglect their studies and ruin their own future.
When it is free, it does't mean it is really free. What I mean is like when you are taking water from a water cooler mean to you is free, but someone must still pay for it. Anyway, our parents or you are paying tax, the tax go to the government and they use it to pay our transport payments. So I think public transport should not be free as we are paying it with our tax.
If public transport was free, then where exactly would the government get the money to fund the public transport system? Yes, we pay taxes for these things, but in actual fact this money that we pay goes to more important things like funds for education and health. Do we really want the government to pay for something not EVERYONE uses, when they can spend it on something more essential? I mean come on people, there is a fine line between saving money and being stingy. If we can't pay $2.00 to some one who practically drives us home, then we are just being stingy and quite selfish. When considering this topic, you can't just think about yourselves, you have to think about the people who work in the public transport system and how they will be affected. Think about it, people will be getting paid less when they are actually working more. I believe that public transport should not be free.