Pot Activist Political Candidate Dana Larsen Pledges to Eliminate SkyTrain Fares

CANNABIS CULTURE – Cannabis activist turned BC NDP Leadership Candidate Dana Larsen has pledged to eliminate fares for Vancouver’s SkyTrain if elected Premier.

The proposal would bring funding of the regional SkyTrain system into line with the those of local highways, through the provincial highways ministry.

“As Premier, I would designate the SkyTrain as part of BC’s Highway system and then get rid of fares for users,” said Larsen, who is a well-known activist in BC’s marijuana community (and the founding former editor of Cannabis Culture). We don’t charge a tariff to use the road, and we shouldn’t charge a tariff to use the SkyTrain.”

“BC spends hundreds of millions of dollars subsidizing a free road system for car drivers,” continued Larsen, “meanwhile SkyTrain has a fare. The average lower-mainland resident must travel through two cities to get to work. Why should we selectively subsidize car travel, but not SkyTrain?”

Larsen received support for his call from Dave Olsen, an urban planner and researcher who has written extensively about the benefits of eliminating fares from public transit.

“Cities from as far away as Belgium and as close as Washington state have eliminated transit fares, and saved millions on their road systems,” said Olsen. “To me the choice is clear: on the one hand we have a cheap, clean and efficient train system, and on the other the daily gridlock on our roads and resulting smog in our skies. I am glad to see a politician standing up for common sense on transit.”

When asked about the cost of fare-free SkyTrain, Larsen explained that the proposal is designed to be revenue neutral.

“We’re not talking about increasing taxes, instead I would refocus our Provincial funding away from subsidizing car drivers, and move to a sustainable system of publicly funded SkyTrain.” said Larsen. “Going forward, we need to expand rapid-rail projects like SkyTrain into the Fraser Valley, and also into the other larger centres around the province. The future of our cities is in rail.”

Larsen has also promised, if elected, to end the war on marijuana in British Columbia. Since announcing his candidacy in late December, he has received endorsements from marijuana icon Tommy Chong and pot-puffing pro wrestler Rob Van Dam.

Go to VoteDana.ca to find out how you can help Dana Larsen become leader of the BC NDP. Watch videos from Dana’s campaign on YouTube.

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4 Comments

  1. jasonios maximus on

    I believe Dana has a good and timely idea but to go another step forward I believe that B.C Ferries should be returned to the dept. of highways and fares at least reduced to a reasonal level from the excessive level they aare at…when I moved to Gabriola Is in 1976 this was the case and a walkon ticket was 40 cents…car and driver $2.00…Iguess they are screwing us so the can aford to Americanize the system with David [email protected]+++ yr. to keep us in poverty….a worldwide Phenomenon thats Unleashing the dogs of war everywhere…the future ain’t what it used to be…Jason Van Wezel

  2. Anonymous on

    As long as people believe their rights stem from the government (and not the other way around), they will always be enslaved.

  3. David on

    Even though I think it’s great Dana is trying to get elected. Politicians will say anything to get elected, and then they become puppets of the same government they promised to change. Plus bills have to get passed by multiple politicians not just one. So he’s going to need to get other politicians on board to change this.

  4. Kieran King on

    GO DANA LARSEN!

    Honestly, this should be your key campaign point.

    If Vancouver wants to be green, to promote public transit, they’ll stop gouging us on fares / fines and make it free!

    PROMOTE THIS.

    I’ve thought this should happen since I got to Vancouver.

    Taxpayer money should be spent on providing a public service, not a product!