Thursday, November 26, 2015

Public transport key to ease Perth congestion

The West Australian: "The commuter survey, done last month and early this month, found seven of 10 car commuters used a car because it was more convenient and quicker.

But about two-thirds of respondents said congestion was a big frustration and getting worse. About one-third were frustrated by roadworks and one-quarter by road rage."

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

'Something has to give': Car-free day for Melbourne CBD proposed by city councillor

theage : "He pointed to major cities around the world - "like Paris, Bristol and even Buenos Aires - a city of around 14 million people" that had trialled a day without cars with "great success"."

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Climate change slams global economy, study from Stanford and Berkeley shows

jpratt27: "Climate change could cause 10 times as much damage to the global economy as previously estimated, slashing output by as much as 23 per cent by the end of the century, a new research paper from US universities Stanford and Berkeley finds."

Friday, October 16, 2015

Free public transport beneficial and affordable for watching car races, but not for going to work?

v8supercars : "Motorsport fans are being encouraged to use the G:Link to travel to the Castrol Gold Coast 600 next weekend, with FREE public transport providing the perfect way to get to and from the race safely."

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Under TPP, International corporations will be able to sue your national government if it tries to protect the environment

TPP agreement slammed as 'betrayal' of environment, boon for fossil fuels : Renew Economy: "“The TPP is a ticking time-bomb for climate policy,” said Friends of the Earth International Economic Justice Coordinator, Sam Cossar-Gilbert, “because it further cements the unfair… mechanism that enables foreign corporations to sue governments for protecting the environment.

“Many government policies needed to address global warming will be subject to suits brought before biased, not transparent and undemocratic international investment tribunals.”"

Sydney councils push to retain cheaper public transport

smh : "Councils and community organisations have defended the relatively cheap cost of travelling long distances by public transport in Sydney and surrounding areas, as the state government mulls major fare reform."

Monday, September 28, 2015

Public transport is not about ideology, it is about ending public welfare for #autosprawl

smh : "Infrastructure Australia forecasts in its audit this year that between 2011 and 2031 demand for public transport will rise by 55 per cent in Sydney and an average of 89 per cent across all capital cities.

"In 2011, the cost of delays on roads in the six largest capital cities was $13.7 billion," Infrastructure Australia estimates. "This figure is projected to grow by around 290 per cent to $53.3 billion in 2031, in the absence of appropriate strategies including integrating land use and transport planning, new road construction, additional public transport investment and the introduction of demand management measures"."
Congestion is just one of many costs that are borne by society in general, while auto, sprawl, and oil profits make profit. This called externality. And when society pays the cost, it is called subsidy.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Kerbside car parking should be banned in Melbourne CBD

theage : "Rather than banning cyclists, curb-side parked cars should be excluded on most of the city's main roads. These parked cars cost everyone, in time and money, and  in environmental damage."

Friday, August 21, 2015

Seniors travel for free this weekend

Ipswich Queensland Times: "IN CELEBRATION of Seniors Week, Ipswich seniors will be able to travel free on public transport this weekend."

Monday, August 3, 2015

People of Melbourne show how much they want #freetransit

Herald Sun: "INTRODUCING free tram services in the CBD has led to a 22 per cent spike in patronage, with the Melbourne City Council concerned about overcrowding on vehicles and at stops."