Monday, December 5, 2016

Melbourne structuring #publictransit fares to promote sprawl

Myki fare hikes favour some users, punish others and increasingly encourage driving: "Policies that discourage public transport use and encourage more driving are not good for a growing city. The cost and scarcity of parking in the CBD may mean public transport wins there, but in most parts of Melbourne, cars dominate, despite endless traffic jams."

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Perth report shows that fares reduce #publictransit use

The West Australian: "The report said the daily cost of public transport was also a “demotivator for mode shift”, especially from car commuters who had free parking at work.

In releasing the report, Committee for Perth chief executive Marion Fulker said a business-as-usual approach to transport and urban planning would be disastrous.

“If we do, we’ll continue to make the same mistakes by increasing the number of people living further away from their place of work and end up with a congested and unproductive region,” Ms Fulker said."

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Sex Party MP Fiona Patten calls on government to make public transport free for kids

the age : "Young people should travel free on public transport so they can more easily reach school or work and avoid run-ins with ticket inspectors, Sex Party MP Fiona Patten says."

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

A free bus buzz is back for Christmas

Noosa News : "NOOSA'S congestion-busting buses are set to hit the streets for the Christmas rush with councillors being asked next week approve a $40,614 budget for the December 26 to January 4 service.

The funds if approved will come out of the public transport levy which has a balance of $546,000 for the 2016/17 financial year.

"The primary aim of the service is to reduce traffic congestion during peak Easter and Christmas holiday periods, as well as encourage greater use of public transport,” the report before council said.

The proposed Easter free bus should be April 8 to 17."

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Car-culture cultists admit that cars not the best way to get to their sacred ceremony

Supercars: "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."

Sunday, August 28, 2016

#freepublictransport in Australia would have many benefits

Green Left Weekly: " ordinary people will never win by simply fighting for a better deal in a car-centred transport system. The solution is a massive expansion of public transport.

There is no reason why every major city in Australia cannot have a comprehensive network of trains, trams and buses, with services running every couple of minutes down major arterial routes.

There is no reason why such a public transport system cannot be free to use.

Such an alternative would reduce pollution and create the possibility for more green spaces in cities. It would increase transport accessibility for young and old, and people with disabilities.

It would eliminate the wastage of social resources that currently goes into having millions of vehicles sitting idle for more than 20 hours a day."

Monday, August 22, 2016

Sydney families spend $22,000 a year on transport: report

smh : "The average family from western Sydney is paying around $22,000 a year in transport costs, representing as much as 17 per cent of total household income, a new report from a national motoring group finds."

Friday, August 5, 2016

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Car-free housing is held up as answer to congestion on roads in Adelaide’s inner suburbs

Messenger: "In the report, which was presented to a council committee last week, InfraPlan senior planner Gayle Buckby predicted peak hour traffic movements on Unley Rd would increase to about 15,700 by 2031, up from 13,100 in 2013.

Mrs Buckby suggested rather than focus on “car dependent” solutions to decrease congestion, such as road widening, the council should encourage “efficient forms of people movement”, including promoting walking, cycling and public transport.

She recommended the council relax car parking space requirements for new developments, and, in some cases, abolish them entirely to encourage developers to build “car-free housing” that appeal to young cyclists and public transport users."