Monday, February 23, 2015

Delhi air unbreathable

hindustantimes : "The eight million vehicles on Delhi’s roads are not just clogging up the city. They are taking a deathly toll. But the government’s clean-up strategy has so far remained on paper, mainly because it focuses too much on long-term, capital-intensive solutions."


Monday, January 26, 2015

Metro Bus to facilitate over 200,000 commuters daily, says Abbasi

thenews.com.pk: "The Metro Bus Service (MBS) will bring a revolution in the public transport sector of twin cities and facilitate over 200,000 commuters travelling by public transport daily, said Chairman Metro Bus Project Monitoring and Implementation Committee Hanif Abbasi on Sunday."


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Smart cities must promote public transport, walking

The Times of India: "The Union urban development (UD) minister Venkaiah Naidu has asked civic bodies willing to participate in the central government's ambitious plan to do away with strategies that encourage usage of private vehicles. In a communique to the state governments, the UD minister has stated that the public transport and non-motorised transport should be on top of the agenda and local governing bodies must start working towards making cities congestion-free using sustainable solutions. "


Sunday, January 4, 2015

Cars don't fit in Pune

PMC stuck in parking dilemma - The Times of India: "However, the elected representatives pitching for more parking lots have not made any effort to improve the quality and frequency of public transport. "All these years, PMPML has been in a pathetic condition. The bus fleet is insufficient and people are forced to use private vehicles. The PMC and elected representatives should improve the public transport, which will have a direct impact on city's parking chaos," said activist Jugal Rathi. "

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."