“Those that fail to learn the lessons of history, are doomed to repeat them.”
– Attributed to Winston Churchill (and others)
Discussions of free public transport are often presented by the media and too often even in expert discussions as if it were a new concept that has no history. To make wise policy decisions we need to be aware of this history.
To this end, this broad historic overview and critical expert commentary on the international evolution of Fare Free Public Transport (FTP here) covering the last half century was prepared by Dr. Michel van Hulten (see below) and submitted as a working paper in support of the international conference organized in Tallinn under the title: “Free public transport for all. Dream or reality” In this working paper the author looks at the issues of the ‘why, how, when, where to pay for public transport’ (FFPT) – issues and questions that need to be at the heart of our discussions and in time our decisions and actions.
Posting on updating World Street’s international advisory panel – WORKING DRAFT FOR COMMENT, 18 April 2018 –
Early on in 2008, as part of the task of laying the groundwork for a new independent collaborative platform on sustainable transport for what eventually became World Streets: The Politics of Transport in Cities“, we decided to get in touch with some of our most trusted and creative colleagues working in various ways and in many very different environments on the challenges of sustainable transport, sustainable cities and sustainable lives — and ask them if they might have a look at our initial work plan and possibly make suggestions and comments in order to help us do a better job in this self-assigned task.
Ideas and encouragement generously poured in from this initial core group of friends, helping us to lay an improved base and setting a pattern for our proposed collaborative venture. And as we moved ahead other colleagues joined in with their counsel and support, which we then decided to explain and encourage, calling this our informal International Advisory Panel. Now if this might strike you to be a bit puffed up and institutional, we can assure you that the whole thing has from the beginning been strictly informal and collegial with no pretenses of being anything more.
Can on-street parking fees really help places with poor public transport?
The short answer is yes!
By Paul Barter, Adjunct Associate Professor, LKY School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
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The more I thought about this question, and as I dug deeper into my research, it quickly became evident that there is a lot more to it than I had initially thought.
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