Free does not exist.Then the government pays and that gets its money through tax on everyone. So not free, but ‘ jointly paid ‘, or fiscalised OV. Also paid by anyone who does not use it.
That makes the tradeoff between paid EV (own transport) and free appearing OV so for many people else, many will then go with OV.This is a lot cheaper for society as a whole per traveller, so for society as a whole is favourable again.
And also for the remaining EV riders, it will be quieter to spend a lot of money in new ways.Fewer parking garages, fewer parking spaces, fewer traffic jams, etc.
In Short: Everyone has the advantage of free public transport. Those who go with OV but most certainly the EV riders.
If you make an analysis of all EV and OV rides per day (collecting data is also an issue then) you can determine exactly where OV lines should come, frequency increased, always adjusted, if necessary ‘ on the fly ‘
It’s just the future, along with electric transport.Apart from all political opinions, it is in any case the most economical transport. If it is also a tikkie luxer it is completely OK. There are already great steps in this. Think back to a bus ride 30 years ago, preferably in the rush hour and when it rains…. far too crowded with huge smelly diesels… And how that now expires. Really goes the right way.
Jaap Koole has given an excellent answer.What I can add to it is my opinion why you should definitely not start to make the OV free.
Free is without value.
We all know examples of people who get something valuable without having to make an effort.Before you know it is the piece and unusable.
Our OV is a bit fake.In the city centre fine for each other, but as long as there are single-track connections with the hinterland, you can do little more.
For the train, the Netherlands has a use density that can be counted together with Switzerland as the highest in the world.The track is full. Very important (also for the environment) expansions cannot be easily. Look at the Betuwe line, and Iron Rhine. Underexposed, poorly managed and too little.
By train from Anna Paulowna to Groningen, via Amsterdam?In this respect I have a proposal for a new Dutch word: blokkeervereniging. Bizarre that there is no railway line across the Afsluitdijk.
Nor is it a good thing that abuse is being assumed.Those who used the Metro in Vienna know what I’m talking about. You can indeed enter a Metro without a ticket. You are expected to pay for your trip, but you will not be forced by chrome behavioral channels to make this 100%. But if you get caught for black riding, you know that you are regal.
In short, as far as I am concerned, there is room for renewal of the infrastructure, and it can all be simpler and friendlier.But not free! It is a valuable service, and a good product, so that may feel best in your wallet.
The utility companies in the Netherlands have been privatised.So they hear to make a profit. As a result, accountants are attached to the buttons that want to keep the costs low and the revenues high. The only way they know to do that is to cut down and raise prices. As a result, the price-quality ratio continues to decline. Public transport is actually meant to get the traveler in an efficient inexpensive manner from A to B. A goal that has been involved in the last few years is to reduce the impact of cars on the environment, and also to decrease the file pressure. The file pressure also has a detrimental effect on the environment, and therefore also serves the previous purpose.
A definition of public transport is that it brings you from where you are not, to where you do not want to be.The trip to and from the stop is still to the traveler. One of the reasons why the traveler prefers to choose the car. This traveler in any case.
Therefore, in order to achieve the objectives outlined above, we must first of all drop the profit-making.OV is a service. A service that costs the government, and thus the citizen money. The government directly, the citizen indirectly.
If you make public transport free, the use will increase enormously.This was proven in 1988 when students suddenly all received a OV year card as part of their scholarship. From one day to the other, the trains were packed. But not with students who went to and from school, but with students who could now finally go to that party on the other side of the country.
If you make the public transport free, the use will increase.And thereby also the use of the car off. You reach the goals, cheap; Environmentally friendly and traffic jams away.
But not the goal efficiently.There is a need for an enormous expansion and improvement of the infrastructure and the provision of services.
And so a huge investment.An investment that will not repay itself much later in above all material sense.
Society would see fewer cars on the road.Unfortunately, the freight traffic only increases, as are the many many vans of construction workers and mechanics and other craftsmen who drive through the country to get to places where work is being done including their equipment. There is no solution for the train. The traffic jams would decline. The train would be one of the pillars of society.
Unfortunately also in the government are the bookkeepers who only look at costs and who also want to reduce them by means of cuts and privatisations.This makes them the basis of society dependent on investors and profit packers.
I also don’t think public transport should be free, but prices need to be drastically lowered to get the traveler back in the train.And the trains have to stop in more places, where good connections should be at bus services.
Yes, but on condition that there are many more buses, trains, trams etc.And that you can literally put in almost every place, or at least within a radius of 50 meters oid. Because that is the main reason why people grab the car and not the bus. Simply, a bus stop on the head-side and one on the butt-side of every street. And that you have to walk a few tens of meters is not an argument-if you park your car you also have to walk dozens of meters before you are where you have to be.
But for free there is not a sich and although I believe that there is now something to be done about the traffic problem at last, I think that free ov only moved the problem: from crowded roads where no dog comes forward to an overcrowded ov where You will be packed in every way as sardines.
The very best would be mi that everyone would be offered lifelong free bikes for inland urban transport and there is thus a greater frequency of free transit between the cities themselves.Cycle paths and roads could be covered, so that rain and other dodgy that falls from the sky doesn’t have to be a barrier to jump on the bike. But I don’t think this will ever happen. Nor do I think that free ov will ever become a reality.