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."

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Canberra seniors to ride buses free in off-peak hours

(Australian Broadcasting Corporation): "Mr Barr also announced a one-year trial that will see seniors ride for free on Canberra's buses.

He said seniors and concession card-holders would ride for free between 10:00am and 4:00pm on weekdays under a promised trial in a bid to make public transport more accessible."

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Government has had tax ruling, which could lower bus travel costs, for six years

brisbanetimes : "Six years after first being granted permission, south-east Queensland bus commuters will be the first in the nation to enjoy tax-free travel to and from work, potentially saving eligible travellers hundreds of dollars in transport costs each year."

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Why it just got a lot cheaper to catch public transport

Sunshine Coast Daily: "PUBLIC transport is about to become a lot cheaper with saving up to more than $1000 annually for journeys to and from Brisbane.

Public transport across the region will also be made cheaper with the State Government decision to reduce the number of fare zones from 23 to eight.

Internal travel on the Sunshine Coast has been reduced to four fare zones from 10 eliminating an inequity which made it more expensive to track north south than to travel the same distance westward across the region."

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Kids travel free, Queensland public transport, public transport review, Brisbane public transport rules

The Courier-Mail: "CHILDREN under 14 will be given free weekend fares in southeast Queensland under the Palaszczuk Government’s long-awaited review of public transport.

The Sunday Mail can also reveal travel incentives for pensioners and seniors will be retained, despite a controversial recommendation by a review taskforce to dump them.

The number of zones across the public transport network will be reduced from 23 to eight, benefiting commuters who travel shorter distances.

Ahead of Tuesday’s state Budget, it can also be confirmed that regional Queensland fares will not rise."

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

New free 'city loop' bus service every 15 minutes in Canberra

Canberratimes : "The ACT government is introducing a free "city loop" bus service, starting July 4, and connecting the city with New Acton, the Australian National University and Braddon."

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

What Hobart needs is a transport revolution

The Mercury: "HOBART, we have a problem and it’s driven all of us on to a road to nowhere.

Our city’s public transport network is lagging firmly in the last century, pushing traffic congestion to an infuriating impasse.

The daily frustration of motorists and commuters is unparalleled in our history and, together with a lack of modern, efficient and workable public transport services, the situation is costing the economy.

Getting to work, school or anywhere about Hobart has turned into a maddening, exasperating experience more characteristic of the country’s larger capitals. We have not before experienced such colossal obstruction.

My former 35-minute commute from New Norfolk to the city has blown out to an hour and 15 minutes on a bad day. Pity the poor motorist trying to reach the city across the Tasman Bridge.

But where is the action? Where is the plan? Why is the State Government offering no true solution?"

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Free tourist shuttle could help local business

The Courier-Mail: "State Labor MP for Redcliffe Yvette D’Ath said it was definitely needed, particularly with Moreton Bay Rail Link services starting soon.

Ms D’Ath, Moreton Bay Regional Council and local business representatives would meet in coming weeks to refine the details.

She said the idea was to provide a shuttle bus every 30 minutes, ideally for free. It would help move people from Kippa-Ring railway station to major tourist spots on the Peninsula.

Ms D’Ath said it would work like Brisbane City Council’s free City Loop and Spring Hill Loop high-frequency bus services. The shuttle bus would supplement current bus services."

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Politicians love capital-heavy projects like rail to look like they are for public transit

The Guardian: "The need to address the productivity, sustainability and liveability of our nation’s cities is urgent. Late last year Infrastructure Australia warned that unless we act now, traffic congestion will cost the nation $53bn in lost productivity a year by 2031. Lower productivity means our economy will produce fewer jobs. It’s that simple."
This editorial starts with a teaser about fixing congestion. Then it basically advocates capital-intensive projects. Don't fall for this. These projects create division and political gridlock. Worse than that they are pro-growth projects that will end up being pro-debt projects.

Instead campaign to make buses fare-free. Break the critical-mass of the private auto.