Friday, November 17, 2017 | 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Sidney Smith Hall – SS2125 (map)
Free Transit: Demands, Promises, Challenges
Transportation harbours more than transportation questions. It alerts us to all sorts of urban problems, connects us to people’s daily rounds, and reminds us of the role of state and capital in making our world unsustainable. Demands for free transit, too, can help us connect concrete demands (for fare-free transit access) to broader aspirations for a different, joyful, decommodified, egalitarian and ecologically sustainable world. In this talk, Stefan Kipfer and Herman Rosenfeld will discuss Free Transit Toronto within the context of Toronto politics as well as in relationship to free transit experiences and experiments elsewhere. A thorny problem in radical planning traditions – the relationship between social mobilization and the state – will also be debated.
Stefan Kipfer teaches at York University and is a member of Free Transit Toronto.
Herman Rosenfeld is a retired national staff person with the Canadian Auto Workers (now UNIFOR). He is involved in TTCriders, Free Transit Toronto and the Socialist Project.