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Dec 7 - Kansas City Becomes First Major US City to Make Public Transportation Free

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Dec 7 - Kansas City Becomes First Major US City to Make Public Transportation Free
 

 
Fare-free public transportation has become an increasingly popular idea in recent years.



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This week, Kansas City made history by becoming the first major city in the United States to have fare-free public transportation.

The move comes after the city council unanimously voted to endorse the “Zero Fare Transit” proposal to make all city bus routes fare-free, directing the city manager to develop and implement the plan. They city’s streetcar has been free since it first opened.

The free bus service, which is expected to cost the city roughly $8 million, does away with the previous ticket costs of $1.50 per ticket, or $50 for a monthly pass, reports WDAF.

Local officials have been framing the move not as “wasteful expenditures” or a “burden on taxpayers,” but as a good investment into the city.

City Councilman Eric Bunch framed the plan as a means to offer a strong helping hand to the city’s low-income residents, who rely on public transit to commute to work. According to KSHB, Bunch said:

“When we’re talking about improving people’s lives who are our most vulnerable citizens, I don’t think there’s any question that we need to find that money.

That’s not a ton of money and it’s money that we as a city, if we want to prioritize public transportation, it’s something that we can find.”




New Mayor Quinton Lucas has also strongly supported the plan, which is being greeted warmly by city residents. Bus rider Loren Miles said:

“I think it would make the bus system stronger, not weaker, and would probably bring in more revenue, not less.”

Some have criticized the move as short-sighted and expensive to taxpayers. Local resident Teresa Bradshaw questioned the plan, noting:

“If you take it away, then where are our taxes going to go? How high are the taxes? It’s got to come from somewhere.”

The editorial board of the Kansas City Star, which backs the new measure, argued that the money can easily be found elsewhere. In an editorial last month, they argued:

“A good first step would be to stop giving away tax revenue to developers. Other efficiencies, including elimination of fare boxes on buses, could help. So could reclaiming sales tax dollars now subsidizing the streetcar.”

Supporters have also argued that the move has myriad benefits, including strengthening the local economy overall and reducing the environmental impact of private transportation. Climate change protesters and livable city advocates across the world have demanded increased investment in mass transportation amid rising awareness of climate change.

Fare-free public transit has become an increasingly popular idea among cash-strapped urban residents in recent years, with cities including Denver and Salt Lake City openly floating the progressive idea in recent city elections.

Meanwhile, in cities across the U.S. such as Portland, Oregon, and New York City, municipalities have been spending their tax dollars installing cameras and hiring more transit police in order to crack down on and criminalize those evading their often-expensive transit fare.



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 2 months ago '06        #23
bigkilla 
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MTA in NYC would never let that happen.

Too many employees getting paid like crazy to do minimal work to allow that.

I know MTA employees who pull $100k and up easy for doing simple a*s tasks. Can you imagine the salaries of the top people?

Places like this can do it because mostly everyone drives out there anyway.
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 2 months ago '17        #22
DrOTGenesis 
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Honestly if all these dumb states just legalize weed they can use less than 50% of the taxes to provide this same service in their cities.
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 2 months ago '15        #21
Mayneeak 
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 WashCloth said
No one lives in Kansas City tho
Bout fifteen of us on BX don't disagree. Fifth biggest city in the region.
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 2 months ago '18        #20
BrooklynDamien  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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If NYC subways were free it would be horrible. They are allocating 250 million dollars they "found" in the budget... to pay for 500 new cops... even though Subway crime is down 3 percent from last year... somebody in the paper was saying that that money should go to service improvements... Their argument was that the average wait during the day would go from 6-10 mins to 5-8 mins... that ain't sh*t!!! A quarter bill would only speed up the train service one to two fu*king minutes????? adding more people to this sh*t show would be nuts


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 2 months ago '11        #19
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 Mayneeak said
Bout fifteen of us on BX don't disagree. Fifth biggest city in the region.
Shout out to my KC brethren
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 2 months ago '16        #18
Aztlan 
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Need to do something out here. The poor are out here struggling.
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 2 months ago '08        #17
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In major cities, this would be a good way of getting cars off the fu*king road and reducing traffic and emissions.

Also, a lot of public transportation is subsidized by the federal government, which is how costs are defrayed and why a lot of municipalities have public transportation when there isn't enough of a ridership to justify it economically.
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 2 months ago '05        #16
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Public Transportation should be free pretty much everywhere, why this isn't a thing already in other parts of the United States is unfortunate.
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 2 months ago '19        #15
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 Mayneeak said
Bout fifteen of us on BX don't disagree. Fifth biggest city in the region.
Yup
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 2 months ago '07        #14
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 DrOTGenesis said
Honestly if all these dumb states just legalize weed they can use less than 50% of the taxes to provide this same service in their cities.
conservatism and racism are so heavily entwined, they can't even see the hypocrisy

they claim to be about free markets, jobs and revenue, but subvert choice, competition and small business every chance they get
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 2 months ago '08        #13
R. Almighty 
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Still wonder how this gonna effect taxes.. come to think of it, most people driving out here..I can see it useful in the city I guess
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