Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Delhi Govt Holds Sixth Car-Free Day

outlookindia: "Transport Minister Gopal Rai, who participated in the programme, said people should use public transport instead of their personal vehicles once every month.

The Delhi transport department holds a car-free day on the 22nd of every month in different areas to encourage people to use public transport."

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

In India, #carfree days expose the lack of good #publictransit

The Hindu: "But with little being done by the government to build infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists and improve public transport, a debate has begun on whether the event has been reduced to just another monthly ritual like Raahgiri."

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Poor #publictransit in Pakistan is intentional aid to auto industry

The Express Tribune: "These incentives are likely to persuade foreign manufacturers to establish a footprint in Pakistan, where a sizeable demand exists, helped by low oil prices, availability of cheap financing and lack of an efficient public transport system. "

Friday, March 18, 2016

Public transport in Pakistan is a mess. Oil industry likes it that way

Dunya Blog: "Nowadays public transport is a lifeline of urban economy, but in our country situation is almost the opposite. In major cities of Pakistan, especially Rawalpindi and Islamabad, it has become an observable example of bad governance, lack of interest and inefficiency of the government, affecting lives of millions, particularly poor people who depend mainly on public transport on daily basis."

Anbumani Ramadoss promises free bus travel for all in Chennai

The Hindu: "Promising free bus travel for the residents of Chennai, Pattali Makkal Katchi’s Chief Ministerial candidate and former Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss on Wednesday said the city needed an integrated public transport system for better connectivity.

On the sidelines of an interactive session on a new urban agenda for the Chennai Metropolitan Area, he announced that free bus travel will be implemented for all and the fleet of the Metropolitan Transport Corporation will be increased to 8,000 buses."

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Ghaziabad to hold 2nd car-free day tomorrow

Business Standard News: "To encourage motorists to give up their cars for a day and use public transport, the city will hold a second car-free day tomorrow. "

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Can Cubbon Park be free of traffic on all days?

deccanherald : "Cubbon Park is at the heart of Bengaluru’s green ecosystem. Making this green expanse traffic free on Sundays is part of the campaign to reclaim the city’s disappearing public spaces.

But can the park be made entirely free of vehicles on all days? This tricky question sparks a flurry of counter-questions, linked almost entirely to the challenges of traffic management in the park’s vicinity."

Saturday, March 5, 2016

68 per cent respondents favour car-free day: Chandigarh Adviser

The Indian Express: "In the poll on, 68 per cent of respondents are in favour of the car-free day to be introduced on March 20 while 32 per cent have voted against the concept."

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

India - cars don't move enough people to justify the road space they use

Times of India: "He said there was a huge outlay for construction of roads and national highways. "But emphasis should be given to allow more road space for public transport vehicles such as BEST buses in Mumbai," he said. A survey had shown that public transport buses carried more passengers, compared to private vehicles, but occupied not more than 15% road space. In Mumbai, the motor vehicle population has increased to 26 lakh, with more than 8 lakh being private cars, with most of them polluting city roads."