Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Urban sprawl and lack of public provision leads to ‘transport poverty’

The Guardian: "These factors lead to transport poverty – where a household is forced to pay more in travel costs than it can reasonably afford.

Transport poverty can occur when people feel forced into car ownership. While there is strong population growth on the fringes of big cities such as Melbourne and Sydney, public transport is often lacking in these areas."

Sunday, August 17, 2014

No East West Tunnel - Take the pledge

"The #tunnelpicket attended the Metropolitan Transport Forum tonight. We want to make sure the major parties have to answer why they’re ploughing ahead with the disastrous East-West Link before they can spruik fake public transport policy in the lead up to the State Election. We got a great response from ordinary people attending the forum, many of whom promised to get involved with the campaign!"



https://www.facebook.com/EastWestTunnelPledge




Tuesday, August 5, 2014

NSW #freepublictransport is popular, shows what people really want

Passengers savour free tickets to ride, courtesy of the Opal Card | News.com.au: "Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian confirmed customers are now flocking to public transport on Saturdays and Sundays. And she expects weekend patronage to increase even more.
Ms Berejiklian puts the bulging carriages and buses down to the free travel provided to Opal card holders once they make eight paid journeys in a week. Opal card holders can also travel all day on a Sunday for $2.50.
“The NSW government has provided more than 8500 extra weekly public transport services since March 2011, and we will continue to look at increasing public transport services for customers when and where it is needed,” she said. “And that includes on the weekend.”"

Friday, August 1, 2014

No East West Tunnel - Fix the buses first!

Facebook: "#tunnelpicket paying a visit to Labor MP for Richmond, Richard Wynne's, office in Smith St. Labor must commit to rip up the contracts!"

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.

dailytelegraph.com.au: "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

smh.com : "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."