Free buses, light rail in Canberra not the answer to cost of living pinch, expert says

Jasper Lindell
By Jasper Lindell
April 6 2022 - 7:30pm
The ACT government has rejected a call to make public transport free for six weeks in response to cost of living pressures. Picture: Sitthixay Ditthavong

Free public transport is not the best way to offer cost-of-living relief to low- and middle-income households because wealthier people are more likely to have better access to the most frequent transport routes, an expert has said.

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Jasper Lindell

Jasper Lindell

Assembly Reporter

Jasper Lindell joined the Times in 2018. He is a Legislative Assembly reporter, covering ACT politics and government. He also writes about development, heritage, local history, literature and the arts, as well as contributing to the Times' Panorama magazine on Saturdays. He was previously a Sunday Canberra Times reporter.