David McWilliams: Irish cities’ future lies in free public transport, not electric cars

Make buses, trains and trams free – and revolutionise Irish transport

  Luas in Dublin city centre: Even without cutting fares,   people are opting more for public transport. Photograph: Tom Honan

Luas in Dublin city centre: Even without cutting fares, people are opting more for public transport. Photograph: Tom Honan

Now that we are back to work, traffic volumes are rising. Not only is sitting in traffic sedentary, unhealthy and a monumental waste of time and precious road space, it is incompatible with our climate change objectives of reducing carbon emissions.

What are we going to do about it? The best way to change a person’s behaviour is to make that change worth their while. We can praise people or virtue-signal, and for some this incentive is enough, but most respond to what affects their pocket.

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