Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Anything except free public transport

Authorities in France who implemented free public transport got that phone call from the oil industry... any scheme is ok except free public transport. A good replacement was probably suggested, something very bureaucratic and expensive to enforce, and that puts the blame on the average citizen.

British motorists face pollution fines in Paris as car windscreen sticker scheme opens: "All scooters, cars and lorries now require a sticker showing how much they pollute on their windscreens. Those with high pollution scores face being barred from entering the French capital on days when pollution is high."

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Union brands school transport fee reports ‘alarming’

ITV News : "Unite in the Community Regional Coordinator, Albert Hewitt, also said that he feared the proposal was “being sneaked in under the shadow of an increasingly divisive election”.

He added: “Unless the NI Executive intervenes to halt this and provides adequate funding for school transport, our branches will work with drivers, parents, children, schools, local communities and local trades councils to build a people power campaign to defeat this proposal.

“There’s hundreds of millions spare to cut corporation tax, to subsidise wood burners, and for unnecessary voluntary exit schemes - but we are told there’s no money when it comes to our schools, our hospitals, or our buses.""

Friday, January 13, 2017

MP: Let students use trains for free every day of the week

NL Times: "Allow students to travel with their student public transit cards every day of the week, calls D66 parliamentarian Paul van Meenen. According to him, it will mean that trains will be much quieter on Monday mornings and Friday afternoons, Metro Nieuws reports.

Currently students have to chose whether they want to travel free of charge during the week or over the weekends. Some 93 percent of students opt for the weekday public transit card. This means that students living away from home take the train home to mom and dad on a Friday after classes, and only return to school on a Monday morning. If the student public transit card works every day of the week, they can go home on a Saturday morning and return to school on a Sunday evening. "All travelers will benefit from it", Van Meenen said to Metro."

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Paris mayor’s war on cars moves up a gear with ban in heart of city

France 24: "The Socialist mayor, and passionate green advocate, announced plans to ban cars from key thoroughfares around the Louvre Museum and boost the city’s cycling infrastructure to combat traffic pollution.

Hidalgo laid out her vision in the weekly ‘Journal du Dimanche’ newspaper, going so far as to call personal vehicles “archaic.”

“The idea is to, little by little, move towards the pedestrianisation of downtown, which, over time, will stay open to public transport, police, emergency vehicles and deliveries, but not to all vehicles,” she said."

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Public transport passenger numbers up 4.4 percent in Ireland

eurotransportmagazine : "The National Transport Authority has published preliminary full-year figures for Ireland’s state-supported public transport operators in 2016. Results show 10 million additional passengers used public transport in 2016, an increase of 4.4 percent compared to 2015. In total, 234 million travelled via subsidised PSO (Public Service Obligation) services provided by Dublin Bus, Bus Éireann, Iarnród Éireann and Luas."

Friday, December 23, 2016

Barcelona ofrecerá transporte público gratis a los conductores de coches contaminantes

TRT Español: "Barcelona, (EFE).- El Área Metropolitana de Barcelona (AMB) ofrecerá a los propietarios de los vehículos más contaminantes la posibilidad de viajar durante tres años de manera gratuita en transporte público a cambio de deshacerse de su coche y convertirlo en chatarra.

Esta propuesta, que se pondría en marcha a partir del año que viene, ha sido adelantada hoy por La Vanguardia y confirmada por el vicepresidente de Transporte y Movilidad de la AMB, Antoni Poveda, en declaraciones a TV3.

Los propietarios de vehículos que se sumen a esta iniciativa, con la que se pretende combatir la alta contaminación atmosférica de la ciudad, recibirán la tarjeta verde, un nuevo título de transporte asociado a un DNI que permite usar los diferentes medios de transporte públicos.

En principio, los coches que podrían ser objeto de este programa son los diesel fabricados antes de 2006 o los de gasolina de más de 20 años.

Además de enviar el coche al desguace, el propietario deberá comprometerse a no comprar ningún otro vehículo."