Germany Mulls Free Public Transport to Combat Pollution
The air needs a lift. Facing the prospect of missing its 2020 emission goals, the famously car-crazy nation plans to roll out pilot programs for free public transit in five western cities by the end of the year. Questions about how municipal transport will fund itself without ticket sales have yet to be worked out. But a free transit scheme in Estonia found that increased ridership was largely from those who previously walked or couldn’t afford cars, suggesting that making driving more expensive might work better.