Friday, April 21, 2017

Japan: Capitalists panicked over falling birth rate, but admit they caused it

The Independent: "By 2065 nearly 40 per cent of the country will be senior citizens. There will be 1.3 workers for every person over the age of 65, compared to 2.3 in 2015. Economists have described the situation as a “demographic time bomb”.
....“That’s because of the increase in irregular workers and the fact that more and more people cannot marry for economic reasons, even if they want to.”"

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Pensioners in Russia fight to keep #freepublictransport

openDemocracy: "The initiative group’s actions have been mirrored by another movement in the city — Novosibirsk’s pensioners, who were prominent during Russia’s 2011-2012 protests. Their actions largely centre around the protection of existing benefits (and thus recognition of status), such as the planned removal of free unlimited public transport in 2011, which inspired them to protest every two weeks in the city centre. Novosibirsk pensioner groups have also protested the tariff rise. And now that regional legislators (including United Russia deputies) want to reconsider the tariff hike, it looks like protests do matter."

Monday, April 17, 2017

Malta - #freepublictransport the obvious solution, but none dare say it

maltatoday : "It seems tedious to always be talking about the traffic, but it is probably the one major issue about which there is consensus. The problem is getting worse, and successive governments have failed to truly provide an efficient enough public transport system which will make us release our firm grip on our car keys, and opt for the bus instead."

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Tallinn - "best solution" for traffic jams is #freepublictransport

Emerging-Europe.com: "In order to reduce CO2 emissions, we have created a free public transport system, so people can move around more freely. People can easily get from one side of the city to the other. We want to minimise the number of cars in the centre of Tallinn and we are creating routes for transport which are away from the centre of the city.

We have the same problems which you will find in other big cities: traffic jams and too many cars and the best solution for that is free public transport. We have been able to increase the number of passengers using public transport. We have discussed with the people, which street should be the city’s main street and we are trying to reduce the number of cars there and to have green nature spaces, so people can circulate there freely."

Monday, March 20, 2017

Cost of #freepublictransport: £12m. Cost of cars: the biosphere.

City A.M.: ""TfL modellers estimate that one day's free travel would cost up to £12m in lost revenue," Khan told Green Party London Assembly member Caroline Russell, in response to her question about whether the mayor had looked into the cost of free public transport on days when air pollution was particularly high."
London mayor reassures his masters that he will not endanger the auto and sprawl system or oil profits.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Britain to "solve" air pollution with more car subsidy

University of Birmingham: "The British government claims to be committed to reducing pollution despite the Brexit vote. A spokesman has said: ‘we have committed more than £2 billion since 2011 to increase the uptake of ultra-low emissions vehicles and support greener transport schemes and set out how we will improve air quality through a new programme of Clean Air Zones.’"

Barcelona -- Give up old car, get 3 years #freepublictransport

Co.Exist: "But most radical of all, perhaps, is a proposal to give a free public transit pass, valid for three years, to anyone who has to give up their car because of the ban. That won't be cheap, but it's an amazing way to take care of people, while almost forcing them onto public transport, which must be a major goal of any car-removal scheme."
Barcelona sees the benefit of free public transport, but still keeps bureaucratic sticker plan to please oil masters.