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    The AtlanticJerusalem Demsas12/9/227 min
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    • thorgalle
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      1 month ago

      I thought this sounded good for poor people, but the following is a convincing counter-argument:

      But if the goal is to give money to low-income people, we should give money directly to low-income people.

      In Helsinki, I feel blessed with a good regional public transport network that integrates trains, buses, trams and ferries under one ticket. They’re virtually alway on time, frequent, clean, omnipresent, … tickets are not cheap, but still cheaper than in Belgium (native country), where the service is worse in almost every way. Worse quality there doesn’t affect my usage much because I often cycle, but I would consider alternatives if I needed public transport for a daily commute. That aligns with the article!

    • KapteinB
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      1 month ago

      Interesting to hear the arguments from the other side of the debate.

      Politicians recently made many ferry rides fare-free here in Norway, but it's not a direct analogue; you don't really have the option of riding your bike instead of taking the ferry.