Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Pune, India, planning to start #freepublictransport one day per month

Times of India: "PUNE: The citizens of Pune will get free bus service on every last Monday of the month. The Pune Municipal Corporation's (PMC) standing committee has approved a proposal regarding it on Tuesday. The scheme is expected to be launched from next month; after final approval of general body."

Monday, November 28, 2016

Nepal Public Transportation: Is it really FOR the public?

himalayantimes: "In the absence of a strong commitment by the government to provide an efficient formal public transport system, private individuals or small companies provide informal public transportation services. Nowadays public transport is more of a business from which the owners can make hefty profit more than a public service run at nominal cost. The government has done little to make transport fare affordable to all sections of society. The need for a government-run and regulated transportation system is evident."

Friday, November 18, 2016

Pakistan people destroying "renewable" forests because can't afford natural gas

The Express Tribune : "Keeping in view the financial constraints in the way of providing gas or other alternate sources of energy to people, Shabir suggests that plants that grow faster than conifers should be planted."
Think about this the next time you hear about how great is renewable energy. Pakistan forests are being destroyed as an energy source, because it's too expensive to pipe in natural gas. ?? What?

The answer is degrowth. The human race must de-grow and fast. The solution is to make cities clean, safe, and car-free. Provide education and health-care and birth rates will drop.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Free public transport effective against air pollution

The Indian Express: "Public transport and parking in residential areas were made free to encourage people to use public transport. According to the government, the steps were successful and helped cut pollution significantly.
2015 was only the third time since 1997 that the city had to implement emergency measures.
Mexico City
Mexico City too made public transport free when air quality dipped last year.
When it declares an air emergency, Mexico City bans a fifth of private cars from roads on every day of the week. It also offers free rides on buses and trains."

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Elderly demand 50pc discount on fares - Kathmandu

The Kathmandu Post: "Oct 3, 2016- Senior citizens on Sunday celebrated the International Elderly Citizens’ Day by demanding free medical service and 50 percent discount on public transport fares."

Friday, August 5, 2016

Urban planner says Bengaluru needs 6,000 more buses

The New Indian Express: "Urban expert Ashwin Mahesh said, “The issue is that there has not been a complete plan. We are putting together things in pieces without an idea of the final picture. There is no policy for city-wide infrastructure. We have to think of infrastructure and sustainable transport as twins. The need of the hour is sharper focus on buses, walking and cycling. There are no two ways about the fact that we need 6,000 more buses on the road and create areas for cycling.”"

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."