Monday, July 28, 2014

East West Link: The case against this road gets ever stronger

smh : "If the East West Link goes ahead there will be no money for public transport for at least a generation, irrespective of political promises. "

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Light rail could trigger big shift from cars to public transport

canberratimes : "The introduction of light rail as part of an integrated public transport network in Canberra could lead to a doubling of the number of commuters who leave their cars at home."

'via Blog this'

Monday, July 7, 2014

Money for public transport, not East West Link

Green Left Weekly: "What we need is a massive infusion of funds for public transport, because ever since the early 1960s governments have been grinding down public transport, following the US model. ."

Friday, June 27, 2014

Large numbers of people evading buses and costing taxpayers millions of dollars

Buses are provided by the government, but still many people choose to drive cars. This is costing Australia millions of dollars in damages from drought, flood, heat, and fires from climate change. In addition, the driving of cars causes massive export of local wealth for fuel. "And there has been a 57 per cent increase in Transport Department service orders slapped on bus operators over issues such as driver quality, route signage and ticket information."

Friday, June 20, 2014

The private 'police' of public transport : "The entire asking for tickets part of a transit officer’s job is a waste of time. Whenever the inspectors swagger onto a train, I can pick who’s most likely not to have a valid ticket.

Worst of all, I’m usually right.

It’s the poorest, most vulnerable and downtrodden. People who are also least likely to be able to afford it. People who are probably only an application form and short training course away from being transit officers themselves.

With all the fines and transit officers, are we saying as a society that anyone who can’t afford to travel shouldn’t be allowed to?

Public transport should be free, and the cost shared proportionally by everyone in this country, based on how much tax they pay, not how much they use it, otherwise it’s not ‘public’ transport at all."

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Policy delivers seven million free trips

Sunshine Coast Queensland: "“As part of our strong plan for a brighter future we are delivering real savings for passengers with more than 7.1 million free journeys taken since June 2012,” Mr Emerson said.
“Many of these trips would not have been taken without the incentive of free travel with the policy encouraging passengers to choose to get out of their cars and on to public transport."

Friday, May 23, 2014

In New South Wales, universal travel card makes implementing #freetransit easier

Free trips: "More than two million free trips have been taken by customers using the Opal card on buses, trains and ferries with more than 250,000 cards now registered.

Customers can travel free anywhere on the Opal network once they have reached their weekly travel cap of eight paid journeys during the week, or reached their daily cap.
 "For bus customers, the rollout is underway and they too can enjoy cheaper fares, the convenience of always knowing their Opal card is ready to go and never again arriving at the bus stop to find their TravelTen has no rides left."
"This is the fantastic thing about Opal – travelling for free will increase patronage once customers realise they can jump on and off public transport without paying a thing," she says.
The NSW Government also announced Opal is now activated on all of the State Transit buses serving the 326, 327, 355, 361 and L24 bus routes."

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Noosa’s Free Easter Buses a Success

View News: "The numbers are in, and there’s no doubt Noosa’s Free Holiday Buses over the Easter break were a runaway success.

Better still, there’s evidence the initiative helped to get cars off the road and reduce congestion during one of Noosa’s busiest holiday periods.

A record number of around 33,000 passenger trips were recorded on the free buses which ran for 8 days over the Easter break.

Patronage more than tripled on the five local TransLink services; from 4,358 passenger trips last year when no free services were offered, to 13,738 passenger trips over the same period this year."

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The budget has it backwards on climate

Australian Broadcasting Corporation : "IF THERE WAS ANY DOUBT that the election of the Abbott Government might slam the brakes on Australia's climate and clean energy progress, it's now over. With the Government's first budget, it's reversing at full speed."