THE PUBLIC RESPONSE
[To read the announcement itself, click here]

Shortly after Kheel announced the free transit study in early 2007, Mayor Michael Bloomberg expressed support for the idea of free bus and subway service on his weekly radio show, where he commented: "From a public policy point of view you really should have all of your mass transit free and raise fines and parking." Kheel responded to the Mayor's statement in a letter dated March, 15.

The media also took note of the proposal.
The Sun, the Post, Channels 5 and 11, and public radio all reported on it. Multiple web reports and blogs discussed the idea (for examples, click here, here, here and here). A collection of images from several sites is shown below.



The Jewish Press showed a special interest in the proposal, because of the possibility that it might permit religious Jews to utilize the City's rapid transit system without breaking the Sabbath. Click here the article.

The free transit study will be administered by the Institute for Rational Urban Mobility, Inc. Contributors to the study include George Haikalis, president of IRUM, Charles Komanoff of Komanoff Energy Associates, Brian Ketcham and Carolyn Konheim of Community Consulting Services, Inc., and Joseph Clift. A description of the research plan is available here. Data was being provided by several city transport agencies, who cooperated with the study. For further updates regarding the study, click here.



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