Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Why it just got a lot cheaper to catch public transport

Sunshine Coast Daily: "PUBLIC transport is about to become a lot cheaper with saving up to more than $1000 annually for journeys to and from Brisbane.

Public transport across the region will also be made cheaper with the State Government decision to reduce the number of fare zones from 23 to eight.

Internal travel on the Sunshine Coast has been reduced to four fare zones from 10 eliminating an inequity which made it more expensive to track north south than to travel the same distance westward across the region."

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Kids travel free, Queensland public transport, public transport review, Brisbane public transport rules

The Courier-Mail: "CHILDREN under 14 will be given free weekend fares in southeast Queensland under the Palaszczuk Government’s long-awaited review of public transport.

The Sunday Mail can also reveal travel incentives for pensioners and seniors will be retained, despite a controversial recommendation by a review taskforce to dump them.

The number of zones across the public transport network will be reduced from 23 to eight, benefiting commuters who travel shorter distances.

Ahead of Tuesday’s state Budget, it can also be confirmed that regional Queensland fares will not rise."

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

New free 'city loop' bus service every 15 minutes in Canberra

Canberratimes : "The ACT government is introducing a free "city loop" bus service, starting July 4, and connecting the city with New Acton, the Australian National University and Braddon."

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

What Hobart needs is a transport revolution

The Mercury: "HOBART, we have a problem and it’s driven all of us on to a road to nowhere.

Our city’s public transport network is lagging firmly in the last century, pushing traffic congestion to an infuriating impasse.

The daily frustration of motorists and commuters is unparalleled in our history and, together with a lack of modern, efficient and workable public transport services, the situation is costing the economy.

Getting to work, school or anywhere about Hobart has turned into a maddening, exasperating experience more characteristic of the country’s larger capitals. We have not before experienced such colossal obstruction.

My former 35-minute commute from New Norfolk to the city has blown out to an hour and 15 minutes on a bad day. Pity the poor motorist trying to reach the city across the Tasman Bridge.

But where is the action? Where is the plan? Why is the State Government offering no true solution?"

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Free tourist shuttle could help local business

The Courier-Mail: "State Labor MP for Redcliffe Yvette D’Ath said it was definitely needed, particularly with Moreton Bay Rail Link services starting soon.

Ms D’Ath, Moreton Bay Regional Council and local business representatives would meet in coming weeks to refine the details.

She said the idea was to provide a shuttle bus every 30 minutes, ideally for free. It would help move people from Kippa-Ring railway station to major tourist spots on the Peninsula.

Ms D’Ath said it would work like Brisbane City Council’s free City Loop and Spring Hill Loop high-frequency bus services. The shuttle bus would supplement current bus services."

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Politicians love capital-heavy projects like rail to look like they are for public transit

The Guardian: "The need to address the productivity, sustainability and liveability of our nation’s cities is urgent. Late last year Infrastructure Australia warned that unless we act now, traffic congestion will cost the nation $53bn in lost productivity a year by 2031. Lower productivity means our economy will produce fewer jobs. It’s that simple."
This editorial starts with a teaser about fixing congestion. Then it basically advocates capital-intensive projects. Don't fall for this. These projects create division and political gridlock. Worse than that they are pro-growth projects that will end up being pro-debt projects.

Instead campaign to make buses fare-free. Break the critical-mass of the private auto.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Go to any hospital to see how the car system is a miserable failure

Doctors and nurses may resign over car park woes at RPA hospital: "Royal Prince Alfred Hospital doctors and nurses are threatening to resign over a lack of parking following the expiry of the staff car park lease and its takeover by a private operator."
Over the years, more sprawl meant more cars, which meant more roads. Problem left unaddressed: where to park all these cars that fill up the roads. This problem is solved by prioritizing parking. At a hospital, though, who is more important? Hence the problem with no solution... Oh wait, there is a solution--make buses fare-free.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Julian Burnside backs push to make public transport free for students in Melbourne

3aw.com : "A high-profile barrister is behind a push to make public transport free for students in Melbourne.

Julian Burnside QC told Neil Mitchell too much money and energy was being wasted on pursuing outstanding fines.

It's been reported 7000 warrants were issued for young people who hadn't paid their fines in the period between 2014-15.

"If you go to a free public school and have to use public transport to get there, it will cost you $7500 over your 12 years of school just to get to and from school," Mr Burnside explained.

"And for a lot of students, especially in the western suburbs, paying for the Myki competes with paying for their food, drink or books."

Mr Burnside it was a "mistake" to focus on revenue when it came to public transport.

"Public transport shouldn't be just about revenue," he said.

"It's deeply embedded in our social arrangement

"If you can't get around in society, well then you're not really part of it.""

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Report in Melbourne calls for free public transport for school students

Star Weekly: "Many can’t afford to pay for Myki, it said.

It revealed some students spent money normally reserved for school textbooks on fines, describing the application process for a secondary student concession card as a “complex process” and “long winded”.

The report called for free public transport for all students, for schools and institutions to hand out free Myki travel cards to students and for the cancellation of all outstanding Myki fines incurred by people under the age of 18."

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Billions spent on auto-infrastructure, poor people just get fines

ABC News : "Professor Nelthorpe said in one case, a 14-year-old turned up to school two months late after he had several thousand dollars in public transport fines.

"His parents required him to go to work for a period of time to pay off fines," he said.

The report said another 16-year-old student, whose parents were not eligible for Centrelink benefits due to visa restrictions, missed school after he was issued fines up to $2,000.

This student worked as a labourer to pay off the penalties.

Professor Nelthorpe said the system was causing students stress.

"You've got a whole lot of students wandering around who are too scared to tell their parents their teachers and their support people that they've incurred these fines," he said.

"It must put incredible pressure on them.""