By Andrew Hartshorn, Ottawa Citizen Letter to the Editor, December 13, 2017
Do away with public transit fares
Re: Here’s why OC Transpo should worry about Uber, Dec. 8.
I enjoyed Tyler Dawson’s report on OC Transpo fares and passenger woes. So for the third time in 10-plus years, I am going to make the same proposal.
I understand that almost half of each fare is subsidized by the taxpayers of the region. But it represents quite a small part of the tax bill. Why not double the amount taxpayers pay, and make all travel on OC Transpo free? This will increase ridership, guaranteed; and reduce vehicles on the roads. And to all the taxpayers who moan at the extra charge, ride the bus. Tourists would welcome the idea too.http://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/letters/todays-letters-wage-hikes-transit-fares-and-the-cbc