Friday, February 13, 2015

Enjoying the free tram rides in Melbourne

The Star Online: "THE Australian city of Melbourne is now more accessible and tourist-friendly than ever with the inclusion of free-of-charge trams around the Central Business District (CBD)."

Monday, January 26, 2015

Free public transport is the solution to parking headaches

ABC News: "Perth's freeways may be the place where commuters feel the squeeze of congestion on workdays but on weekends it is coastal car parks that are driving some beachgoers to despair."

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Oh no! Overcrowding! What a disaster!

We can't make buses free, because they will be overcrowded. Wait, what? That is the point! People want public transit, they are willing to pay for it through taxes. They vote with their seat by getting on free buses. So the buses are crowded. So put out more buses. It is what the people want. The government serves the people, right?

Free buses are a disaster for some people. Subsidized autosprawl profiteers. They don't want car welfare to be exposed and ended. Their argument about crowding just proves that fares are for rationing, not revenue.

Free Melbourne tram ride may lead to overcrowding warns transport group: "Free tram travel in Melbourne's city centre could encourage so many people to jump on board it will lead to serious overcrowding issues, a transport users group and the Greens have warned."

Friday, January 2, 2015

Melbourne free tram good for business

the age : "Melbourne's new free tram zone delighted passengers on Friday with tourists saying they could see more of the city in one day and locals using the trams to get around quickly in the summer heat.

Tourists from Sydney, Mahnaz Khan and Rana Mohiuddin, decided they would visit Victoria Markets after spotting a map showing they could get there for free from the top of Collins Street.

"We wanted to go to Victoria Markets, but we were not sure if we could because it is a 20-minute walk. But then we saw this, so we are going there now," Ms Khan said.  "

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Melbourne to have "free tram zone" in 2015

1 January 2015 Fare changes - Public Transport Victoria: "In 2015, Victoria’s public transport network will be more focused on you than ever before.

With a new Free Tram Zone in Melbourne City and cheaper fares when travelling across Zone 1 and 2, getting around Melbourne has never been easier, or more affordable."

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Don't put roads first, Senate finds, public transport is crucial

Brisbanetimes : "The federal government should not prioritise roads over rail projects, but should be willing to fund both according to  merit, a Senate report has recommended.

The report found that public transport is crucial to raising national productivity by reducing congestion and "should be considered as nationally significant infrastructure", just as roads are.

The Senate report, released this month after a 12-month inquiry, has emerged as new Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and Prime Minister Tony Abbott face off over $3 billion of federal funds Canberra has committed to the cancelled East West Link."

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tony Abbott should change tune on public transport says industry group

Bega District News: "The federal government needs to start funding public transport, the industry lobby says  as it releases a report showing the area around a new Sydney rail line has grown faster than the rest of the city."

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Frankston independent MP Geoff Shaw floats free public transport for pensioners Herald Sun

Herald Sun: "ELDERLY rights campaigner John Murray has joined forces with rogue MP Geoff Shaw to table a bill to help ease the burden on elderly commuters.

The Frankston MP yesterday announced he would submit a private members bill to give Victoria’s elderly population free travel on public transport if he was re-elected in November."

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Push for free public transport during G20

brisbanetimes : "Momentum is building for public transport to be free in Brisbane throughout the three days of the G20 world leaders summit next month.

Commuter advocacy group Rail Back on Track has called for free public transport in the city throughout the three days, reasoning that Brisbane residents should be afforded the same opportunity as the 7000 summit delegates, who will all be given Go Cards for travel through the period."

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."