How do cities and countries encourage more people to take buses and trains?
Luxembourg, Tokyo, and Boise, Idaho (US) have implemented policies that encourage people to take public transportation including trains, trams and buses. Luxembourg has implemented a free fare policy for all state-run public transport, Tokyo has implemented a free food policy for early bird riders of the city’s metro system, and Boise, Idaho, subsidizes Lyft rides to and from the city’s bus stops.
- Government departments can introduce free public transport to encourage use and cover operating costs by using existing tax revenues.
- Conduct experiments with riders using public transportation to determine what alters group behavior.
- Partner with private companies to offer discounts and incentives to use public transport.
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