The problem with the free metro plan

The shoe had been on the verge of dropping in my thoughts, but Taylor C. Noakes got there first: the city’s free metro plan is fundamentally flawed in several ways, not least being that it makes no sense to have the free stations clumped together downtown, sometimes no more than five or ten minutes’ walk separating them.

Making these stations free means you’re basically sending people home for free, not bringing them downtown – although Noakes points out the odd idea mentioned by CBC that people will only be able to circulate for free among that small group of stations, and would have to pay to go beyond them (although how this would be established to the satisfaction of the metro security goons is not made clear).