Monday, October 20, 2014

Best way to encourage use of public transport is to make it free

Newcastle Herald: "THE best way to encourage people to leave their cars at home is by building cycleways suitable for daily commuting and developing fast, free and safe public transport systems.

Such measures would result in fewer accidents, faster travel times and cleaner air."

Monday, October 6, 2014

Victorian election: this time, can we please talk about public transport?

The Guardian: "The evidence from around the world shows that cities that build their transport systems around public transport find that transport costs are less of a drain on the regional economy than those that put the car at the centre of their transport plans.

This is in part because of the huge public cost of building and maintaining roads, combined with the private costs of owning and running the family fleet of cars. It is also because of the high cost of the social isolation endured by the young, the old, and the increasing number of people who are cut off from jobs, hospitals, and social networks.

Public transport, along with cycling and walking, is part of the solution to transport’s contribution to the climate emergency, the reality of which we are experiencing with increasing frequency."

Saturday, September 13, 2014

East West Link project stalls as financiers postpone construction

theage : "The Napthine government's pledge to begin work on the East West Link by the end of the year is in disarray, with financiers close to the project saying construction will be postponed until a looming court case is resolved."

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Labor to dump East-West Link if elected, even if contracts are signed

theage : "The East West Link will be dumped if Labor wins the state election, even if business contracts to build the multibillion-dollar road have already been signed.

In a high-stakes gamble that will set a clear battle line for the November 29 poll, Labor has confirmed if it forms government it will use a looming court battle to render the contract for the eastern section of the project invalid."

Friday, August 29, 2014

People in Australia fight against wasteful road-building #tunnelpicket

No East West Tunnel - Take the pledge: "The #tunnelpicket takes on the Liberal party and its big business backers. The police used excessive force and the new 'move on' laws to make sure the richest businessmen could sit down with the Government and plan out Victoria's future in the interests of profit rather than ordinary people. Well done to all the community members who took part to put an end to this kind of rotten politics! "

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Urban sprawl and lack of public provision leads to ‘transport poverty’

The Guardian: "These factors lead to transport poverty – where a household is forced to pay more in travel costs than it can reasonably afford.

Transport poverty can occur when people feel forced into car ownership. While there is strong population growth on the fringes of big cities such as Melbourne and Sydney, public transport is often lacking in these areas."

Sunday, August 17, 2014

No East West Tunnel - Take the pledge

"The #tunnelpicket attended the Metropolitan Transport Forum tonight. We want to make sure the major parties have to answer why they’re ploughing ahead with the disastrous East-West Link before they can spruik fake public transport policy in the lead up to the State Election. We got a great response from ordinary people attending the forum, many of whom promised to get involved with the campaign!"



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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

NSW #freepublictransport is popular, shows what people really want

Passengers savour free tickets to ride, courtesy of the Opal Card | News.com.au: "Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian confirmed customers are now flocking to public transport on Saturdays and Sundays. And she expects weekend patronage to increase even more.
Ms Berejiklian puts the bulging carriages and buses down to the free travel provided to Opal card holders once they make eight paid journeys in a week. Opal card holders can also travel all day on a Sunday for $2.50.
“The NSW government has provided more than 8500 extra weekly public transport services since March 2011, and we will continue to look at increasing public transport services for customers when and where it is needed,” she said. “And that includes on the weekend.”"

Friday, August 1, 2014

No East West Tunnel - Fix the buses first!

Facebook: "#tunnelpicket paying a visit to Labor MP for Richmond, Richard Wynne's, office in Smith St. Labor must commit to rip up the contracts!"