Today Metro Transit (the Twin Cities bus and light rail network) is increasing fares by .25 so that riders cover 1/3 of the cost of riding the bus/train.
My personal thought is that buses should be made free, paid for by tax dollars, to encourage ridership.
Everyone would be able to take advantage of the buses, but even those who continue to drive would see the benefit of (presumably) greatly reduced congestion.
The increased tax would be negated for those who chose to ride by saving them the cost of owning a car (monthly payments, repairs, oil changes, insurance, gas, etc.).
The public already subsidizes driving, by paying for roads and bridges, maintenance (and in MN, there are a LOT of potholes to fill come spring, not to mention the salt needed when ice forms)...
I guess folks out in the country wouldn't see any advantage, since they wouldn't have public transportation access, but a local sales tax increase could solve that problem.
We are already paying 2/3 of the cost anyway- I don't know how much that amounts to- but I think it would be great if we went all the way and had free buses for everyone.
This isn't fully thought out, since I my lunch break is just about up- but I thought I would throw it out there anyway. Thoughts?