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."

Monday, May 25, 2015

Same as in US, #publictransit funds in Australia held hostage to billionaire agenda

The Guardian: "Trad warns creeping congestion and over-capacity will cost the Queensland economy about $3bn a year by 2020.

Only a combination of better public transport and better roads will ease the pressure, she says, and the commonwealth should chip in for both without strings attached."

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

What we have is well and truly broken

Toowoomba Chronicle: "Every time people are consulted about living in Toowoomba the lack of public transport is raised as an issue.

The system we have at the moment is a fig leaf hiding the naked reality that what we have is well and truly broken, if it ever worked at all."

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

NSW election: western Sydney councils call for public transport boost

smh : "A week out from the election western Sydney councils representing a third of the city's population have hit the state government with a multi-billion-dollar wish list for public transport.

In a "State election issues brief" the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) says its residents are "chained to roads" because the region's rail network has remained largely unchanged since the 1930s."


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."