Friday, May 23, 2014

In New South Wales, universal travel card makes implementing #freetransit easier

Free trips: "More than two million free trips have been taken by customers using the Opal card on buses, trains and ferries with more than 250,000 cards now registered.

Customers can travel free anywhere on the Opal network once they have reached their weekly travel cap of eight paid journeys during the week, or reached their daily cap.
 "For bus customers, the rollout is underway and they too can enjoy cheaper fares, the convenience of always knowing their Opal card is ready to go and never again arriving at the bus stop to find their TravelTen has no rides left."
"This is the fantastic thing about Opal – travelling for free will increase patronage once customers realise they can jump on and off public transport without paying a thing," she says.
The NSW Government also announced Opal is now activated on all of the State Transit buses serving the 326, 327, 355, 361 and L24 bus routes."

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Noosa’s Free Easter Buses a Success

View News: "The numbers are in, and there’s no doubt Noosa’s Free Holiday Buses over the Easter break were a runaway success.

Better still, there’s evidence the initiative helped to get cars off the road and reduce congestion during one of Noosa’s busiest holiday periods.

A record number of around 33,000 passenger trips were recorded on the free buses which ran for 8 days over the Easter break.

Patronage more than tripled on the five local TransLink services; from 4,358 passenger trips last year when no free services were offered, to 13,738 passenger trips over the same period this year."

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The budget has it backwards on climate

Australian Broadcasting Corporation : "IF THERE WAS ANY DOUBT that the election of the Abbott Government might slam the brakes on Australia's climate and clean energy progress, it's now over. With the Government's first budget, it's reversing at full speed."

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mass community action only way to stop wasteful road building

No East West Tunnel - Take the pledge: "If the process doesn't suit the government's pro-road agenda they just change the rules... The only thing that will stop Royal Park being ruined is mass community action."