Sunday, June 26, 2016

Greece: fare dodging rise

ekathimerini.com: "Fewer and fewer Athens public transport passengers are paying for the service as ticket evasion in the Greek capital is taking on unprecedented proportions.

Transport companies are waiting for the installation of electronic ticketing machines, on which the Transport Ministry has placed all its hopes for a turnaround. But the e-ticket scanners are not expected before mid-2017."
This article takes and accountant's view of fare-dodging. If they took a larger economic view they would see that the fare-dodgers are actually helping the economy.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Luxemburger Wort - All students should have free transport

wort.lu: "(JB) A Luxembourg student association has called on the government to provide free public transport to all students in the country.

The call by the Association of Luxembourg Students (ACEL) came after it was announced that all secondary school pupils would be granted free access to all forms of public transport in the country, regardless of when they travel, from October 1, 2016."

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Luxemburger Wort - School students to get free ticket to ride, anywhere in Luxembourg

wort.lu : "Secondary school students will have free access to all forms of public transport in Luxembourg, starting October 1, 2016.

According to the country's sustainable development and education ministries, the “MyCard élève” travel card will enable holders to travel free of charge not only their routes to and from school, which is currently the case, but they will be able to use it anywhere in the country."

The new mayor of Bucharest, on her plan for free public transit

business-review.eu : "Gabriela Firea, the newly elected mayor of Bucharest, said the public transit system in the city will become free for passangers only after some essential conditions are met.

She says that the free surface transit could convince more people to leave their cars at home and contribute to the reduction of traffic congestion.

“I want to underline the fact that I will apply these measures in a reasonable period of time,” said Firea.

The new mayor said that her plan includes the acquisition of 300 new buses and  the transformation of the state-owned transit company RATB into a commercial company. She also said that Bucharest will have special bus lanes."

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

New Bucharest mayor proposes free public transport

business-review : "The newly elected mayor of Bucharest, Gabriela Firea, says it makes economic sense to have all the surface public transit system free for passengers."

Monday, May 30, 2016

Could not be more simple, capitalism wants more people, cares nothing for biosphere

BBC News: "Having fewer children used to be seen as a sign of progress, but when the whole world is having fewer children it can have a severe impact on global economic growth."

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Freiburg, Germany, give up your car, get #freetransit

The Guardian: "Freiburg in Germany has 500km of bike routes, tramways, and a cheap and efficient public transport system. One suburb, Vauban, forbids people to park near their homes and makes car-owners pay €18,000 for a space on the edge of town. In return for living without a car, people are offered cheaper housing, free public transport, and plentiful bicycle spaces."