Monday, December 15, 2014

Experts in Hyderabad looking for solutions to traffic congestion

deccanchronicle: "Hyderabad: Road safety experts suggest that a separate track for buses will be an ideal solution to solve the increasing road mishaps and traffic congestion caused by RTC buses. They point out Ahmedabad’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRTS) as a successful model. If planned scientifically this model can be successful in select routes in the city,

Another solution is to change their casual attitude towards driving. Experts said that it is high time the government improved the public transport system in Hyderabad. Introducing BRTS can be considered an important step in this direction. The service, which is included under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, has a separate bus bays for buses. Apart from Gujarat, Pune, Delhi and Jaipur has this system."

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Bengaluru -- #publictransit is a mess, a dangerous, expensive mess

Companies tell employees to take public transport - The Hindu: "The real reason for this request is the skyrocketing prices for parking space. Parking for a four-wheeler can cost anywhere from Rs. 4,000 to Rs. 8,000 per month. He said, “That is the reality, but no company will admit it.”

With pressure to cut costs, companies want to reduce expenditure on manpower, real estate and travel costs.

If employees take public transport, the company need not arrange for cabs, which also saves them the trouble of verifying the antecedents of cab drivers.

One person working in Whitefield said that it is not easy to drive in the locality as two-wheelers skid on sand scattered on the road while construction debris is dumped on road dividers."

Kathmandu needs to double its #publictransit

Needed: political will for public transport | Nation | Nepali Times: "Unreliable and congested vehicles have forced commuters to rely on two-wheelers and cars which in turn exacerbate the traffic crisis, increasing pollution, and adding to the country’s fuel bill.

Transit experts say Kathmandu needs to at least double its existing public transport capacity to meet the demand of a rising population. The road-widening campaign started by Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai in 2012 unblocked the city’s main arteries, but experts say it is not a sustainable solution."

School Students to Get Free Travel in Public Buses in Kerala

NDTV : "THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:  School students in Kerala can soon enjoy a free travel in buses run by State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC).
   
The Congress-led UDF Government in the state has decided to allow free travel for students upto higher secondary level from February next year.
  
Minister for Road Transport Thiruvanchur Radhakrishnan told the state Assembly today that the government was mulling to implement the plan on an experimental basis."

Monday, November 10, 2014

Urban planners can't figure out traffic mess. Stop planning. Make buses free.

We've had enough planning. Make buses free and people will show you what the needs are.

Hindustan Times: "Though city-based transport authorities have commissioned various modes of public transport and infrastructure projects recently such as the Santacruz-Chembur link road, eastern freeway, metro and mono rail, none of them have inspired enough enthusiasm in passengers to switch over from suburban trains or private cars, to transport systems like the metro and monorail, transport experts present at the event pointed out."

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Carfree cities

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Govt to create fund to promote public transport

Zee News: "New Delhi: Delhi government has decided to establish an urban transport fund to promote public transport and its use in a bid to tackle the rising pollution levels in the national capital.
One rupee cess shall be imposed on purchase of every packet of cigarette and every bottle of liquor for the purpose, a Delhi government official said Friday.

The government has also decided to introduce 8 coaches in 129 metro trains by March 2017. So far, only 58 metro trains run with 8 coaches."