Saturday, February 15, 2020

Citizens Assembly of Scotland supports #freepublictransport

Every business needs to comply with new eco-laws which serves the need of citizens first and foremost and that includes free, accessible public transport, an effective environmental tax system and the requirement for all new homes to be eco-homes that are accessible via government issued eco-mortgage issued at a preferential rate to support access to the housing ladder
https://twitter.com/CitAssemblyScot 

EU votes billions of euros for fossil fuel infrastructure

Despite intense lobbying from climate activists, members of the European Parliament today voted to approve the Projects of Commons Interest (known as the PCI list) that will channel billions in EU funding into new fossil fuel infrastructure. 
Energy projects on the 4th PCI list are eligible to receive up to 50% of funding from the EU through the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). Among the 151 projects included on the list, 55 new fossil gas projects have sparked the greatest backlash. 
"This decision could unleash €24 billion in finance for climate-wrecking pipelines and €1.7 billion for new LNG (liquified natural gas) terminals, which eclipses the €7.5 billion of new resources due to be raised to tackle the climate crisis through the EU's plans for a 'Green Deal,'" said Clemence Dubois, campaigner at climate group 350.org.
https://www.dw.com/en/eu-votes-for-more-gas-infrastructure-angering-climate-activists/a-52351386 

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Tallinn provides free public transport for 420,000 people

Tallinn is the largest city to offer free public transport so far. It has a population of 420,000, with a transport network consisting of five tram lines, eight trolley bus lines and 57 bus routes. Allan Alaküla, head of Tallinn’s EU office in Brussels, says public transport was made free in the city because of “social urgency”.
“Ticket costs became a major concern for public transport users in 2010 and 2011, according to annual public services satisfaction surveys,” he says. “In the context where public transport was subsidised already by around 73%, something different had to be undertaken.
https://balticword.eu/tallinn-provides-free-public-transport-for-420000-people/ 

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Starting today -- #freepublictransport for students in Romania

The pupils enrolled in the compulsory education system, but also those at high schools and vocational schools, will be able to use the local public transport for free, according to new provisions of the Education Law adopted by the Senate on February 10, Profit.ro reported. 
The overground, underground and naval forms of public transport, county wide and in between counties, by train or ship, are covered by the new provisions.
https://www.romania-insider.com/pupils-free-public-transport-feb-2020

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Ghent, Belgium, #freepublictransport cheaper than road-building

Free mass transit also seems to be good for the local economy, despite fears to the contrary. Filip Watteeuw, deputy mayor of Ghent, said that since the provision of free public transport, there “has been a 17% increase in restaurant and bar startups, and the number of empty shops has been arrested”. Ghent’s plan cost just €4m (£3.4m) to implement. By comparison it costs an estimated £20m-£30m to build just one mile of motorway. The city also has significantly cleaner air – nitrogen oxide levels have dropped by 20% since 2017 – and there is an unexpected benefit of noise reduction: “Instead of car noise,” says Filip Watteeuw, deputy mayor, “people can now hear each other talking and children laughing.”
https://www.rapidtransition.org/stories/there-is-such-a-thing-as-a-free-ride-rapid-innovations-in-urban-transport/