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.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Go to any hospital to see how the car system is a miserable failure

Doctors and nurses may resign over car park woes at RPA hospital: "Royal Prince Alfred Hospital doctors and nurses are threatening to resign over a lack of parking following the expiry of the staff car park lease and its takeover by a private operator."
Over the years, more sprawl meant more cars, which meant more roads. Problem left unaddressed: where to park all these cars that fill up the roads. This problem is solved by prioritizing parking. At a hospital, though, who is more important? Hence the problem with no solution... Oh wait, there is a solution--make buses fare-free.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Julian Burnside backs push to make public transport free for students in Melbourne : "A high-profile barrister is behind a push to make public transport free for students in Melbourne.

Julian Burnside QC told Neil Mitchell too much money and energy was being wasted on pursuing outstanding fines.

It's been reported 7000 warrants were issued for young people who hadn't paid their fines in the period between 2014-15.

"If you go to a free public school and have to use public transport to get there, it will cost you $7500 over your 12 years of school just to get to and from school," Mr Burnside explained.

"And for a lot of students, especially in the western suburbs, paying for the Myki competes with paying for their food, drink or books."

Mr Burnside it was a "mistake" to focus on revenue when it came to public transport.

"Public transport shouldn't be just about revenue," he said.

"It's deeply embedded in our social arrangement

"If you can't get around in society, well then you're not really part of it.""

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Report in Melbourne calls for free public transport for school students

Star Weekly: "Many can’t afford to pay for Myki, it said.

It revealed some students spent money normally reserved for school textbooks on fines, describing the application process for a secondary student concession card as a “complex process” and “long winded”.

The report called for free public transport for all students, for schools and institutions to hand out free Myki travel cards to students and for the cancellation of all outstanding Myki fines incurred by people under the age of 18."

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Billions spent on auto-infrastructure, poor people just get fines

ABC News : "Professor Nelthorpe said in one case, a 14-year-old turned up to school two months late after he had several thousand dollars in public transport fines.

"His parents required him to go to work for a period of time to pay off fines," he said.

The report said another 16-year-old student, whose parents were not eligible for Centrelink benefits due to visa restrictions, missed school after he was issued fines up to $2,000.

This student worked as a labourer to pay off the penalties.

Professor Nelthorpe said the system was causing students stress.

"You've got a whole lot of students wandering around who are too scared to tell their parents their teachers and their support people that they've incurred these fines," he said.

"It must put incredible pressure on them.""

Friday, March 11, 2016

Eligible commuters to enjoy tax-free bus travel under new scheme

brisbanetimes : "In the Australian first, eligible users, including public servants, will be able to use their pre-taxed income on their TransLink smart card to travel to and from work.

RemServe estimates that those who earn $70,000 and take 10 trips a week across four zones could save just under $1500 a year under the plan, while inner-city workers travelling two zones earning $65,000 could save $1100."

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Writer calls for free buses in Hobart

The Mercury: "Free city bus transport will lure commuters out of cars. It could be more attractive with free parking at bus exchange stations outside the city."

Monday, February 15, 2016

Greens MLC Mark Parnell calls for public transport to be free for school students

AdelaideNow : "SOUTH Australian school children should be allowed to travel on public transport for free, the Greens say.

As most students return for the start of the school year on Monday, Greens MLC Mark Parnell says the move would encourage good environmental behaviour at an early age and save families money.

“Far too many kids these days are unnecessarily being driven to and from school instead of walking, riding or catching public transport,” Mr Parnell said."

Melbourne spends 9 billion a year on congestion. Make buses fare free!

Call for school students to get free public transport: "A recent audit by Infrastructure Australia warned the cost of delays on Melbourne's major roads as a result of congestion will triple to more than $9 billion a year by 2031.

"We know that many children, even secondary children, are being driven to and from school every day, when they could walk, ride or use public transport," Ms Pennicuik said."