Monday, July 29, 2013

If Tallinn has free public transport, why not Warsaw?

Bezpłatna komunikacja miejska w Warszawie - dla osób płacących podatki w stolicy: "W Nowym Roku władze Warszawy przywitały nas kolejnymi podwyżkami cen biletów komunikacji miejskiej. Chociaż za bilety zapłacimy więcej, nie spodziewajmy się podwyższenia jakości usług. Władze miasta przeprowadziły cięcia wydatków na komunikację (prawie 200 mln zł), co grozi skasowaniu części linii, a nawet likwidacji nocnych kursów metra w weekendy. Skoro jedynym rozwiązaniem problemów komunikacji w obecnym systemie są podwyżki, może warto pomyśleć o zmianie tego systemu? Np. wzorem stolicy Estonii Tallina? "


STOP BUS PLUS TERORU I SISTEMATSKOM UNIŠTAVANJU JAVNOG PREVOZA!: " Drage komšije, prijatelji i saborci, pozivamo vas da nam se pridružite u protestnoj šetnji centralnim gradskim ulicama, protestnoj šetnji za odbranu javnog prevoza i prava na njegovo korišćenje.

Zaustavimo dalje uništavanje ove za sve nas vitalnog gradskog servisa od strane korumpirane političke oligarhije. Ne dozvolimo da, kao i ostala privatizovana javna dobra, javni prevoz bude poligon za bogaćanje pojedinaca. Učinimo ga modernim, racionalnim, sigurnim, pouzdanim i svima dostupnim.

Zahtevi su sledeći:

- Momentalno raskidanje ugovora sa BusPlusom

- Rad javnih preduzeća u realnom vremenu dostupan na internetu 24 časa nedeljno 7 dana u nedelji

- Momentalno uvođenje obavezne javnosti (transparentnost)i u radu Gradske uprave, Direkcije za javni prevoz i GSP-a, kao i svih ostalih javnih institucija i preduzeća

- Zahteva se hiitan uvid u poslovanje direkcije za javni prevoz, GSP-a i Gradske uprave na osnovu zakona o dostupnosti informacija od javnog značaja

- Pokretanje krivične odgovornosti za sve članove gradske uprave koji su učestvovali u aferi BusPlus i vraćanje novca u budžet

- Ukidanje zona

- Povratak "noćnog prevoza"i u okvir javnog prevoza i ukidanje dodatnog plaćanja.

- Promena tarifnog sistema u javnom prevozu - predložen je od strane Vasilija Milosavljevića, obrazložen i konsenzusom usvojen sledeći cenovnik prilagođen standardu Beograđana za SOLIDARNO PLAĆEN JAVNI PREVOZ:

* Mesečna karta za zaposlene --------------- 700 dinara
* Mesečna karta za povlašćene kategorije - 500 dinara
* Lica bez primanja i invalidi ne plaćaju korišćenje javnog prevoza
* Polumesečna karta -------------------------- 450 dinara
* Nedeljna karta ------------------------------- 250 dinara
* Dnevna karta -------------------------------- 60 dinara
* Pojedinačna (važi 2 časa) ----------------- 20 dinara

Za više informacija o predlogu cenovnika obratite se na email:

- Do sprovođenja ovih odluka pozivamo sve sugrađana na GRAĐANSKU NEPOSLUŠNOST ne plaćanjem javnog prevoza!

- Pozivamo sve Beograđane da se pridruže PROTESTNOJ ŠETNJI ZA ODBRANU JAVNOG PREVOZA, 3. septembra sa početkom u 17h, na trgu Republike koja će početi na trgu Republike i ići glavnim gradskim ulicama do Skupštine Grada gde ćemo održati pravu narodnu skupštinu na kojoj ćemo raspravljati o sledećim koracima i akcijama.


Mi smo 99%, Beograd je naš, promenimo ga svi zajedno!
Vidimo se!


Sunday, July 28, 2013

Armenia: people go into the streets and force rollback of bus fare hike

Armenian Civil Society Scores Tactical Victory: "Apparently capitulating in the face of mass public protests, in a written statement on July 25 Yerevan Mayor Taron Markarian announced the "suspension" of a 50 percent increase in the cost of municipal transport that went into effect five days previously.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Yerevan, Armenia, protest against fare hike escalates

Protesters at Yerevan's municipal building (photo by
Asbarez Armenian News: "YEREVAN—Hundreds of young activists continued to protest at City Hall Friday, staging a sit-in when police did not allow them to enter the municipality building to present their demands for the resignation of the city’s transportation department head, Henrik Navasardyan."

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Government officials on the defensive in Armenia as people rise up against fare hikes

Photolure "After days of protests over the rise in public transport fares in Yerevan representatives of the government finally addressed the matter in detail on Thursday.

After Thursday’s government session Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Artem Asatryan told reporters that the Ministry was currently making analyses to determine the effect of higher public transport fares on different social strata and will publish the results when they have complete information. "

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Armenia: growing struggle against fare hikes

The protests against bus fare hikes in Yerevan gain momentum. “We won’t pay 150 drams!” (Photo by Nayiry Ghazarian, The Armenian Weekly)
Yerevantsis Mobilize Against Price Hikes in Public Transport | Armenian Weekly: "YEREVAN, Armenia (A.W.)—The government’s decision to increase prices for public transport entered into force on July 20. Commuters using mini-buses (marshootkas) and buses saw fares increase by over 30 percent, from 100 to 150 drams (25 to 40 cents). Meanwhile, the fare for trollies doubled in price, from 50 to 100 drams. The decision was met with outrage from the public, and the reasons were manifold."

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Serbia: people oppose plan for raising fares on public transport

The introduction of Bus-Plus electronic cards robbery in GSP will become more sophisticated and of course legalized!

The introduction of so-called electronic tickets for a ride on public transport in Belgrade is another form of cruel robbing people for the sake of city officials, as well as companies in which they do not know the owners or managers. The three horsemen of the apocalypse in the case of GSP, its employees and customers, called Apex, Lanus and Kentkart.

The city government has issued a tender on their own initiative, without any consultation with the public carrier. It was not even done any study to show that private business and jobs better and cheaper to perform than I GSP Beograd.

Everything is done in secret and hidden, and with it very quickly, so the conclusion that the said consortium prior to the announcement of the tender was declared the winner.

It is therefore not surprising that the members ride quality does not improve, or prices will be reduced. The ultimate goal of the whole project is the introduction of another through taxes levied to accounts of private companies that are pouring into the pockets of the city's rulers.

Freedom of movement in the city of a million is not the same as freedom of movement outside. If you do not have that freedom, we are not free citizens but are prisoners of a city.

We ordinary people of this city, you might encounter every day in my neighborhood, on the street, in a park, public transportation, we believe that the time has come for everyone to be free to raise their voices and demand their basic rights.

We believe that the overall social and civic solidarity driving force of change.

Opinion that the money, insatiable lust for power, or the unscrupulous competition among the people should improve, it will not produce anything new except more of the same as always.

Public transportation, our transportation. It is a public, common good of all citizens, created by the vital need for mobility in urban conditions and the need to be and to serve.

Monday, July 22, 2013

People of Armenia fight against bus fare hike "For the past few days flyers have been circulated in Yerevan streets and public transport, expressing the discontent and protest of the residents of the Armenian capital against the raised public transport fares with calls: “We will not pay 50 drams”, “Do not let oligarchs gain super-profit at your expense”, “Drivers, join the free citizens of Armenia”. "

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Open letter to car driver from the cyclist who received his abuse

A letter to a driver….. | Pete Plowman`s Cycleone: "Dear Car Driver,

Firstly, please forgive me for not writing to you by name, as unfortunately a) The few words that you shouted did not contain a name and b) You did not seem to want to stop and speak."

Free public transport "Public transportation is not something you can compromise on. It is the lifeblood of the city and is a collective affair, a prerequisite for the city's economic and social life to work. The public transport is too expensive is both a structural problem and a tangible reality for individuals. It is not fair that a millionaire and an unemployed pay as much for public transport. With tax-funded, free, public transportation, you will pay each according to ability."

We need a national network of public transport free at the point of use

David Lindsay: Omnibus: "We need a national network of public transport free at the point of use, including the reversal of bus route and rail line closures going back to the 1950s.

And we need to be able to get on a train, or a tram, or a bus in the centre of one village, town or city, in order to be able to get off it in the centre of another.

Only public ownership can deliver this. Public ownership is of course British ownership, and thus a safeguard of national sovereignty."

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

UK children go free on buses

Telegraph: "Children would be offered free bus travel under plans being drawn up by Nick Clegg to help families. The Deputy Prime Minister is championing the scheme within government to cut costs for families and reduce congestion on the roads."

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Transport bosses plan to bring Sunderland buses back under public control

Sunderland Echo: "Houghton and Sunderland South MP Bridget Phillipson said: “Both bus operators and Nexus have recognised that the status quo is no longer acceptable. People across Sunderland deserve better.

“I have long campaigned for councillors to support the introduction of London-style bus regulation which has helped keep fares low, increased bus use and improved connectivity."

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"do away with inequalities" - Swiss #degrowth movement

DEGROWTH ACTIVIST: ‘Live simply to let others simply live’ | The Muslim Times: "Locatelli has begun to put theory into practice. He has neither a car nor a mobile phone, he lives without television and refuses to take an airplane.

“We have to live simply to let others simply live. The first step of degrowth is to do away with inequalities.”"

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Protesting Transportation Price Hike, Activists Stage Sit-Down at Yerevan Municipality

Hetq: "This morning a score of protesters pushed past police to sit down on the steps leading to the Yerevan Municipality to oppose transportation price hikes that go into effect tomorrow,"

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

UK austerity government plans spending spree on roads, paving the countryside

Network Rail of the roads revealed as coalition plans £28bn spree | Politics | The Guardian: "The coalition is taking radical action to kickstart stuttering infrastructure plans by hiving off the Highways Agency as a Network Rail-style public company and giving it a long-term funding settlement to carry out a £28bn road-building spree."

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Plans to ban cars from more roads in Nottingham city centre

This is Nottingham: "THE city council has drawn up plans to close more streets to cars in central Nottingham.

Motorists would be barred from Canal Street, Collin Street and Middle Hill, which form three sides of the loop around the Broadmarsh car park."

Monday, July 8, 2013

Backward UK still trying to fix traffic congestion with bypasses

Lancashire Evening Post: "The £19m plan, to deal with congestion north of Preston, has attracted strong views on both sides, with some residents forming a group to oppose the idea. Now locals are being encouraged to attend one of the open events, with the chance to ask officers about the project in more detail."

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Egypt's new age of unrest is a taste of things to come

Nafeez Ahmed |
"Egypt's oil production peaked in 1996, and since then has declined by around 26%.
Egypt has suffered from horrendous debt levels at about 80.5% of its GDP, far higher than most other countries in the region. Inequality is also high, widening over the last decade in the wake of neoliberal 'structural adjustment' reforms implemented throughout the region since the 1980s with debilitating effects, including contraction of social welfare, reduction of wages, and lack of infrastructure investment."