The Case for Free Public Transport: Why Fare-Free Transport Should Be Top of Climate Activists Demands


  • Owen McCormack People Before Profit


The last decade has seen a growing movement around FFPT
globally. By some estimates, there are 100 separate cities, towns
and municipalities globally that provide some version of it. It is in
place in cities and regions as diverse as Tallinn, Dunkirk and
Luxembourg, in municipalities in Poland, Sweden, France and
Czechia and in Chengdu in China. In other cities and countries
there are partially free services for certain groups. This article will set out both the practical reasons why we should champion the call for FFPT, including its wider implications, and what’s currently wrong with the direction of public transport policy in Ireland.