Saturday, August 10, 2019

From the Economist, benefits of fare-free #publictransport in Tallinn

THE BUSES are on time, the trams are shiny and new, and passengers usually get a seat. In many cities that would be remarkable enough. But in Tallinn locals are also not required to buy a ticket. In 2013 it became the world’s first capital city to offer residents free public transport. Estonia as a whole has been following suit, and last year set the ambition of becoming the first country with free public transport nationwide. Buses are now free of charge in 11 of its 15 counties.
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The use of public transport in Tallinn has gone up by 10%, while the number of cars in the city centre has gone down by 10%, meaning less congestion. In the countryside, free buses aim to halt rural depopulation by boosting mobility and access to jobs.
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In Tallinn higher parking fees and reduced space for cars also played a part in cutting city-centre traffic: on-street parking now costs €6 an hour, and some parking spaces and car lanes have been replaced by bus lanes. Officials say providing a free alternative allowed them to avoid a backlash when driving in the capital was made more expensive and less convenient.

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Sunday, August 4, 2019

What is so special about cars?

Countries in northern Europe are well known for socialist policies. Free healthcare, education, and plenty of other social services.

At the same time, they have the highest fares for public transport?

Why is this?

Cars hold a special place in modern capitalism. They are essential to sprawl and growth. Fare-free public transit is a direct threat.

This is why there are thousands of climate experts on social media, but precious few calling for free public transport.

https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/cost-of-public-transportation-around-the-world.html

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

UK Independent publishes writer calling for fare-free #publictransport

According to United Nations research, cities consume 78 per cent of the world’s energy and produce more than 60 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions, yet they only account for just under 2 per cent of the earth’s surface. Rapid urbanisation is exacerbating this imbalance. To limit global warming in the way we all claim to want to, we need to dramatically overhaul how we use energy and infrastructure and transportation is a significant part of that.

Cars account for about 40 per cent of all global greenhouse gas emissions from transportation. Encouraging the 8 million people who live in London to use public transport would not only dramatically improve congestion and therefore quality of living, but it would also slash emissions in one of Europe’s most polluted cities.
https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/climate-change-heatwave-global-warming-free-public-transport-luxembourg-a9023181.html 

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Monheim start free public transport

Medium torbogen in der altstadt von monheim am rhein
https://www.themayor.eu/en/monheim-introduces-free-public-transport
Mayor of Monehim Daniel Zimmermann has not been dismayed, however. Starting April 2020, the city will make all the lines of its public transport fleet free of charge. As the town has been developing rapidly and has been growing richer and richer, the local authorities are more than ready to take over the full cost of public transportation. Estimates on the costs range between 2.5 and 3 million euro, which will be allocated from the city’s budget surplus. When presenting his vision for the future of the city, Zimmerman stated that "We have committed ourselves in our climate concept to reduce emissions".

Porto City - children to ride free

Porto City Council has unanimously approved the creation of "Porto 13-15", enabling 13 to 15-year olds to travel free of charge on the TIP public transport system within the city.
During the council session, Porto Mayor, Rui Moreira, justified this decision by saying “at these ages, habits are born and changed”.
He spoke of it being a fundamental measure related to mobility and climate change.
However, he assumed that it would be necessary to improve supply and comfort.
https://www.theportugalnews.com/news/free-public-transport-for-13-15-year-olds/50344 

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Scottish Socialist Party Campaign for fare-free public transport #freepublictransport

Scottish Socialist Party branches and members took to bus, ferry, train, tram and subway stations on Saturday 15th June, campaigning for Free Public Transport as part of a national day of action.
https://scottishsocialistparty.org/free-public-transport-day-of-action/