Today’s Solutions: October 05, 2022

For the first time ever, a major American city is offering universal fare-free public transit. That city is Kansas City, and it hopes to boost ridership and improve access for all citizens with the new initiative.

The city’s popular streetcar is already free, but the city council and Mayor Quinton Lucas hopes this unanimously approved measure will improve transportation equity and motivate riders to ditch the cars for public transport. The city says the $8 to $9 million gained in transit fees each year is easily recouped in other areas, but opponents of the plan argue more effective access can be achieved through targeting free ridership at strategic groups such as students and seniors only. Nonetheless, the way forward will be free transport for all.

We hope this initiative motivates other cities to follow Kansas City’s lead. If you live in the Kansas City area, make sure to usher in the new year by making the most of the country’s first major free public transit system.

This story was one of the best from 2019, and we are happy to include it in our “12 Days of Optimism” as we get ready to welcome 2020!

Solutions News Source Print this article
More of Today's Solutions

The world’s whitest paint may soon make travel even cooler

The world's whitest paint, which has the ability to reflect about 98% of incoming sunlight, was created last year by Purdue University engineers using ...

Read More

How your body benefits from collagen supplements

In recent years, collagen supplements have become quite popular—and for good reason. Collagen, which is the most abundant protein in your body, has a ...

Read More

Jacinda Ardern is showing politicians how to lead during a crisis

As a citizen of any country, the dream is to have a leader who does everything in their power to make sure their country’s ...

Read More

Why you should take your new houseplant out of its plastic pot ASAP

When you purchase a new houseplant, chances are it will come in a plastic pot. Your first order of business should be to transfer ...

Read More