Free bus rides for all will hit taxpayers
Do they realize how ridiculous and costly to taxpayers free transit would be?
The proposed cost to taxpayers is $160 a year. The provincial government has funded
$3 billion dollars over 10 years for LRT in Edmonton and Calgary. How will the current or next government afford this when the forecast for debt for 2019-20 is $71.1 billion dollars?
Also, $160 may be for the first year but our taxes go up every year, as would this additional amount for transit. Many Edmonton folks are on tight budgets already.
In many instances, a car is vital. Free transit isn’t going to make more people ride the transit when a car is vital to their jobs. Even people at home who need to get out to get groceries or go to appointments in outlying areas find their cars a necessity. This will not change because transit is free or if they lower the cost of riding.
This whole idea of free transit is simply putting the burden of higher taxes on everyone and those in a lower-income bracket are the ones who would suffer. Council should definitely not approve such a poorly thought out idea.
Renee Park, Edmonton