Wojciech Kębłowski from LiFT has recently contributed to the Deutsche Welle podcast Inside Europe about recent experiments in public transport provision across Europe. He talks about what makes public transport truly public, and why making it fare-free is a welcome innovation.
We’re delighted to share a new publication emerging from LiFT. Louise Sträuli and Wojciech Kębłowski wrote together an article published in Urban Studies titled ‘The gates of paradise are open’: Contesting and producing publicness in the Brussels metro through fare evasion.
COVID-19 has had a profound effect on mobility. From one day to the next employees started teleworking en masse, some of us avoided places like public transport because of a fear of contracting the virus, and many started walking in weekends because other leisure activities were cancelled. But did these experiences make us think differently now about mobility ? To which extent will we continue to telework ? Are we still afraid to take public transport or share a ride with others ? A panel survey organized by the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER) together with the University of Luxembourg offers more insights into the long-term effects of COVID-19 on sustainable mobility.
This blogpost is the first in the hopefully long series of many interesting reflections on fare-free public transport (FFPT). But what is FFPT, and what do we mean by it?