Luxembourg is set to make all public transport free, at point of use, across the whole 999 square mile country as of summer 2019.
At the moment, a day pass, for any public transport, across the country, costs 4 euros. It is currently free on Saturday.
This is clearly an option in a very small, very wealthy country, whereas in most countries, it isn't. Do you think it would incentivise you to use public transport more, if, it came in, in your country?
- I don't know
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I already use public transport a lot. It's my main mode of transport if I can't walk to my destination. Also, I don't believe it would do good for public transport, since someone has to pay for the upkeep and the salaries of people who work with public transportation. If my country would want to give more money to public transport, that's great. But no need to make it free.
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I haven't owned a car in 12 years, so this wouldn't make a difference for me. I think some localities around the world should institute this policy, although I wonder how they'd be able to keep people from loitering or even living in some train stations.
I doubt it because it's just not practical in my area. That's true for most of the US. Places like the US, Canada and Australia are new countries that are very large and spread out. Most of the infrastructure and design was done after cars became common. So everything about them is set up for the use of single person cars, except in some of the largest cities.
Where I live the population density is too low, and the places people go are far in every direction. I just can't imagine any realistic public transport in my area that wouldn't be a major pain in the arse. It would probably use more fuel than cars because the population density and spread out housing/destinations would mean driving long distances just to transport a few people.
It's not free, but it's already heavily subsidized and people still only use it on a very limited number of routes.
Bottom line is that it has nothing to do with the cost.