Estonia is making public transport free because it wants to promote more usage of public transport.
Free public transport means more usage of public transport, more usage means fewer cars on the road, fewer cars on the road mean less air pollution and maybe the free flow of traffic.
Less air pollution means better living conditions and better health in some aspect, it also means easier movement. An action such as this has many implications.
Making public transport free could also be a strain on the government’s budget. It costs a lot of money to make anything free, someone has to pay for it. What are the alternative uses of the funds spent on such an initiative? Do the benefits justify the costs incurred?
It’s not an exhaustive analysis but a fair way to assess any initiative. Thinking through issues logically, considering cause and effect and other influencing factors helps.
Even though it seems simple and cliché, It solves problems and helps us make better decisions.
Author: Victor Adeyemo
Victor Adeyemo is a Leadership and high performance coach, an Event decorator and MC. He is the team leader of Leaders Digest