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Posted by Links editor on June 20, 2008, 6:47 am
In the Belgian city of Hasselt, which covers an area double the size
of  Dundee, congestion was eliminated in the late 1980s after the
introduction of a totally free public transport system.

Free public transport would be the biggest single pro-environment
policy enacted by any national government anywhere on the planet,
dramatically slashing car use and CO2 emissions.

Free fares would represent a major shift of wealth in favour of the
many thousands of people who currently pay sky-high fares to subsidise
the transport companies.

Boosting public transport through free travel is a concrete means of
tackling global warming.

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Posted by Ralph on June 21, 2008, 2:19 am
...but, but ...that's COMMUNISM!!!

Posted by Morris Dovey on June 21, 2008, 1:48 pm
 Ralph wrote:

Interesting, isn't it, how poorly socialism seems to work in the context
of /large/ operations - but shines in /small/ (limited-scope) operations?

It occurred to me as I read your one-liner that public libraries and
Usenet (in the USA, anyway) might be other good examples.

I wonder if it has to do with stakeholder involvement...

Morris Dovey
DeSoto Solar
DeSoto, Iowa USA

Posted by Eeyore on June 21, 2008, 7:35 pm

Links editor wrote:

Hasselt made Public transport by bus zero-fare from July 1, 1997


If you can't get simple facts right, I don't pand to read the rest of your
post lest it's riddled with similar inaccuracies.


Posted by S F on June 22, 2008, 7:49 pm

  This will not work here in the states. Anything FREE is always taken up
with the mexicans or negores.

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