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Thread: Is Edmonton’s public transportation seen as ‘welfare’?

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    Default Is Edmonton’s public transportation seen as ‘welfare’?

    Interesting article.

    Public transportation as welfare:

    The real reason American public transportation is such a disaster - Vox

    https://www.vox.com/2015/8/10/911819...n-subway-buses

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    Yes, it is.

    Originally all mass transit was privately run until the automobile made it unprofitable.

    But it also has benefits like reducing traffic,, parking, reducing the cost of travel and making cities more walkable.

    It is also a massive welfare for the transit monopoly, transit unions and the companies that profit from massive capital intense transit projects.

    There are 4 sides to the taxpayer trough to feed from.
    Advocating a better Edmonton through effective, efficient and economical transit.

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    Good lord no it’s not and says as much directly in the article.

    Good find KC

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    Quote Originally Posted by edmonton daily photo View Post
    Good lord no it’s not and says as much directly in the article.

    Good find KC
    Actually, a large population segment in Edmonton, and in general consider transit, specficially buses to be for the poor or disabled

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    of course "public transporation" is "welfare" if simply being subsidized or provided by public monies is considered welfare.

    of course "private transportation" that uses public streets is by definition also a benefactor of those same welfare dollars.

    the question is one of efficiency, not one of "either/or", noting as well that taxis and uber and lyft and potentially autonomous vehicles etc. are also private transportation while everything from sidewalks to buses to lrt are all public transportation.
    "If you did not want much, there was plenty." Harper Lee

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    All modes have taxes, user fees and subsidies.
    Advocating a better Edmonton through effective, efficient and economical transit.

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