Friday, June 10, 2016

Dhaka has 400,000 vehicles, only 22,000 are buses

The Daily Star: "According to Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA), the number of public buses in Dhaka is around 22,814 among which 9,995 buses are 20-seater mini buses. However, the total number of vehicles in Dhaka is more than 4 hundred thousand at present. With no automatic system for traffic control, Dhaka Metropolitan Police's Traffic division is fighting a losing battle to control such huge and increasing number of vehicles."

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

'For choked Delhi, public transport is way forward'

The Statesman:: "Explosive growth of automobiles in Delhi should be checked through increased use of public and non-motorised transport and use of private vehicles should be discouraged through high parking fees and congestion tax, a high-powered panel said."

No room for traffic or new roads in Delhi

Firstpost: "The panel noted that 21 percent of the city's area was already under roads with limited scope for road network expansion, the release said.
As 60 percent of passenger trips are below 4 km distances and 80 percent below 6 km length which are ideal for non-motorised transport, the committee strongly recommended development of necessary infrastructure for promoting walking and cycling in the national capital.
The committee also opined that automobile centric planning with focus on road widening, construction of more flyovers, foot over bridges and under passes have only promoted increased use of private vehicles which are meeting only less than 20 per cent of transport needs and should not be encouraged unless warranted by natural barriers like rivers."

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Over 60 lakh vehicles on Bengaluru roads, and counting

The Hindu: "These statistics validate a study, ‘Urban mobility trends in Indian cities and its implications’ (published in Developing Country Perspectives on Public Service Delivery), which noted an “alarming” shift towards private vehicles in Bengaluru, as also the highest growth in the use of cars and two-wheelers."

Monday, May 9, 2016

How much energy is spent just managing traffic jams?

Times of India : "Traffic officials said their control room closely monitors traffic across the city. "We have a digital map that shows the city roads, including interior stretches," said a senior traffic official. "The minute we see congestion at any point, we alert the nearest officer to rush to the spot," he said."

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Motor vehicles choking Srinagar, Kashmir

Kashmir Life : "Compliant with the appeal of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for carpooling to minimize traffic congestion, the students and management of Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar Saturday decided to use bicycles and carpooling in and around valley’s premier medical school."

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Delhi ready to try anything except fare-free buses

Hindustan Times: "“We build flyovers, we make signal-free stretches and we ask people to cross the road using overhead walk bridges or underground subways. We discourage them from walking and crossing the road, giving primacy to cars instead of public transport. In most developed countries.., it is people first and cars last,” she says.
The successive governments seem not to have understood the close relation between public transport and lowering pollution, she says.
Other experts agree.
“Delhi needs to improve its transport system...The commuters need to have some incentive to give up their private vehicles and a well-connected and hassle free public transport will act as that,” said PK Sarkar, head of department (transport and planning) at School of Planning and Architecture."