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Professor Anthony Perl suggests caution on distance-based transit fares
Urban Studies professor and transportation export Anthony Perl was quoted in a recent article in The Georgia Straight regarding TransLink's current review of its three-zone fare structure.
Professor Perl cautioned that implementing distance-based transit fares without concurrent distance-based road pricing could lead to further sprawl and increase the polarization between drivers and transit users.
"The problem is that we tend to look at these two systems separately but, of course, it’s an integrated mobility network,” he said. “And people make decisions about how to move and what to do and where to live not based on one piece of it but the whole system. So if we change one without the other, then we have the risk of unintended consequences, I think.”