Still have yet to hear anyone explain why bus/transit riders should not pick up at least a majority of the cost for the bus service they are using.
Name a single transit system where users pay for the majority of the cost to build and maintain, and we can have a fair argument.
Every mode of moving people and goods from one place to another costs more to buy, build, and maintain than the people who use it pay. This is the nature of commerce. Its been this way at least since the first government built and operated the first light house.
I bet somewhere there may be a ski-lift or maybe a private toy train where fares cover cost. I bet even the elevator at the Space Needle loses money.
Outside these very specific examples, your people-mover system costs much more than you pay to use it. The private car system hides
those costs and is super inefficient. I understand this creates the illusion you're paying your share because you have to pay so much for insurance, gas and tabs.
The fact is, the single occupancy car model, while fun, convenient, and super individualistic, is incredibly
expensive. You should feel some shame asking us to pay for your gas habit while also refusing to pay your share for an alternative.