6 March 2020
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'I leave the car at home': how free buses are revolutionising one French city

In this article, the Guardian investigates the case of free public transport in the French city of Dunkirk, and discusses the advantages and disadvantages of this gratuity.

More and more cities in Europe are thinking about implementing free transit policies, aiming to move towards softer and more environmentally friendly mobility policies. 


Since 2018, the city of Dunkirk has been inspired by the policy of free public transport in Tallinn, Estonia, and has introduced it on its territory.  What are the results today?  This is what the Guardian seeks to determine in this article, which looks at the spin-offs and impacts of this local policy. With the introduction of this policy, the modes of transport and the habits of users have changed: the bus fleet has been replaced by new, less polluting models, and many inhabitants now prefer public transport rather than their private cars, and most of them view this new policy favourably. 


However, the article also points out the negative aspects of free transport. For example, according to the French Union des Transports Publics et Ferroviaires (UTP), free transport is associated with a "lack of value" and therefore a "lack of respect" for public transport.