Free ride? Edmonton city council to discuss eliminating transit fares

By Anna McMillan, CBC News, October 9, 2018

A city councillor will bring forward a motion Tuesday to discuss the possibility of free transit in Edmonton.

The idea has gotten a lot of attention since Ward 4 Coun. Aaron Paquette made notice of the motion last week. But Paquette says the main objective was lost amid all the chatter.

He said at this point he's not asking the city to fully subsidize the bus and LRT systems, which cost about $325.5 million annually to operate. For now, the goal is to study the impact free transit could have.

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