There is currently a debate in Melbourne arguing the pros and cons for making public transport free.
From the age:
“Critics of free public transport say it would have minimal impact on congestion and would lead to severe overcrowding unless more money was spent on rolling stock”
so the streets are going to remain crowded even if the public transport starts running at capacity? lol.
(ahhh, here’s the solution: at the moment there is a Ford ad next to the article: what does a courier 4×2 diesel give you that petrol trucks don’t? Thousands of extra kilometres a year)