2017-01-26 Thu

Fully Funded Public Transit

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Another reason for adopting Fully-Funded Public Transit.

In the first place, if Ridership drops off a little, you donít need to worry about a drop in Fare Revenue, because there is no fare revenue to drop!

In the second place, once public transit is fully-funded, ridership will climb, and climb, and climb and go through the roof.

The Cost of Bottled Water

There are at least three costs associated with Bottled Water.

The biggest cost, to my mind, is converting people to the belief that they will DIE if they drink Tap-Water. Or that they will add years to their life if they drink bottled water.

I have a feeling that much of the water in Plastic Bottles comes from a tap in a factory, but donít tell anyone!

Various other costs are shunted off to the environment Ė Diesel Trucks polluting the air to ferry bottled water from the country to the city, instead of just letting it run through a sessile pipe. The cost of employing people to walk around and collect the discarded bottles. Landfill costs and so on

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Then there is the out-of-pocket cost to non-thinkers who buy and then discard a bottle of water at anything up to two dollars a shot. (You donít believe me? Go buy a bottle of water at the UP-Express platform, just west of Union Station)

You will note that the fee is supposed to jump from 3.71 to 503.71. That is roughly three hundred and seventy five times as much. Not in increase of 375%, but an increase of 37,500%.

Sounds like a lot, doesnít it?

Letís assume you are paying a dollar for a small Plastic Bottle of Water when you are out for a walk (or in a diner or ...)

Currently $0.000371 of that dollar goes to pay the $3.71 fee. Not four-tenths of a cent, not four-hundredths of a cent, not four-thousandths of a cent, but four-tent-thousandths of a cent. You can see why the water-bottlers love bottling water.

The proposal is that $0.050371 of that dollar goes to pay the $3.71 fee. Not five-tenths of a cent, but five hundredths of a cent. You can see why the water-bottlers love bottling water.

Here are other costs and fees, of course, but look at how a trivial adjustment becomes blown up into a newspaper article about ďprogressĒ.

Now imagine what would happen if the bottlers were charged a dollar a lire to draw water from the aquifer.