Friday, March 28, 2014

Vienna lowers #publictransit fares to increase ridership

Трамвај у Бечу (Фото: Мондо)
Јефтинији превоз у Бечу него у Београду: "Већ сада се у Бечу 36 одсто свих кретања обавља средствима јавног превоза, а циљ постављен у коалиционом споразуму је да се тај проценат повећа на 40 одсто."

Fare collection costs are high. Why do it?

Paul Vergnano: The Free Public Transport because of the inside of sustainable mobility: "We can therefore say that the tickets help the system run by TTE, which includes urban, suburban and Trentino Trento-Malé train for about 13.3% of the total operating cost.
A calculation done, which is definitely by default, indicates that the costs for production, distribution and control of tickets will be around € 6 million.
Revenues from the lines are therefore around 6.5 million €. 
A paltry 6.9% of the total operating cost of public transport is derived from the issuance of tickets.
We can therefore say that the public transport in Trentino serious about citizens' taxes for 93.1% .
This finding is not surprising, it is about the same as we find in all the local public transport company . We were able to do so in Trentino as the company public on its website the data from which are deduced the calculations."

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Wales: Free rail travel for all bus pass holders : "Transport Minister, Edwina Hart, said: “This popular scheme demonstrates our commitment to providing access to sustainable transport in Wales and is an important service for the elderly and disabled in our rural communities.

“I am very pleased that we are now able to extend free travel on these lines to all free bus pass holders in Wales, so they can still get access to public transport wherever they are in the country.”"

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

CHP candidate Sarıgül vows to bring free transportation to many in Istanbul

Mustafa Sarıgül also pledged that public transport would be provided for 24 hours a day if he is elected. AA photo
hurriyet : "The main opposition Republican People’s Party’s (CHP) Istanbul mayoral candidate, Mustafa Sarıgül, has vowed to make public transportation free of charge for students, teachers, disabled people and elderly people in the city."

Monday, March 24, 2014

Air pollution is still a 'very real problem' in EU: EEA

The Globe and Mail: "Nine EU nations – Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Slovenia and Spain – breached their nitrogen oxide limits in 2012, mainly because of persistently high emissions from cars and trucks, the EEA said."

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Free public transport to tackle Storrington air pollution

West Sussex County Times: "One of the UK’s MEPs is calling on local authorities to consider making public transport free this weekend in response to a wave of air pollution hitting the South East including Storrington."

Saturday, March 22, 2014

A law for the FPT

Yesterday, the 21th march, three associations officially started the road to write a popular law in Trentino about the pubblic transport the indications of the Free Pubblic Transport.
The italian advocates of the FPT idea, who see me on the front lines for communication and the extension of the law, is spreading.
The next step will be the collection of signatures, more than 2500, and the campaign to raise awareness of the population.
We want to make Trentino the first green province in Europe, with a sustainable mobility, and the main element will be The Free Pubblic Transport.
Paolo Vergnano
Join us on facebook: Trasporto Pubblico Gratuito in Trentino

Monday, March 17, 2014

A million additional riders, and Paris #freetransit to continue until pollution emergency is over

Free public transport costs Paris €4m a day - The Local: "Despite the hefty costs Jean-Paul Huchon, the president of Île-de-France and of the region’s transport authority STIF,  said that the Metro as well as buses and trains in the capital, would remain free, as it has done since Friday morning, until the spike in pollution levels recedes, that environmentalists say is risking lives."

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Dirty air prompts free public transport in Paris

The Local: "Public transportation in the capital will be "gratuit" from Friday morning to Sunday night, as officials battle against a spike in "dangerously" poor air quality. Velib' rental bikes and the car-sharing Autolib' scheme are also on the house."

Paris promises free public transport if high pollution continues

France - RFI: "Authorities in the Paris region say they will make public transport free if they have to bring in emergency restrictions on traffic because of high pollution levels caused by unseasonably warm weather."

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Bus out in front for 270 million journeys

Photo: Damien Eagers "According to figures released in a report from the National Transport Authority focusing on commercial bus services in the greater Dublin area, roughly 75pc of all public transport trips in Dublin, were made by bus."

Osborne urged to act on bus fares in Budget

Local Government Chronicle: "The groups, including the Campaign for Better Transport, Age UK and the National Union of Students also called for an urgent review of funding for bus services in England after councils announced dramatic reductions in support for buses as part of cost-cutting measures."

‘We’re targeting 5 million extra customers this year,’ - Public Transport Minister

the journal : "Speaking to, Kelly revealed that the Department will target five million extra passengers next year, as the industry attempts to recover.
It’s all about making a better passenger experience to attract more customers and I’m challenging more people to use public transport. Not just in the Greater Dublin Area and the cities, but also rural transport.
He says that attracting regional users of buses from cities such as Cork and Galway to use the bus more is a priority."

Exeter couple lead way in campaign against scrapping free travel for pensioners using hospital bus service

Exeter Express and Echo: "“By using the bus service people are cutting down on vehicles entering Exeter with all the congestion and air pollution that this incurs.

“Parking at the hospital can be a nightmare at the best of times without extra cars needing to use it, and in some cases, particularly at certain times of day, patients can find themselves late for their appointments or even worse missing them altogether.

“This is another case of Exeter hitting the elderly and perhaps less well off, we are absolutely astounded at the county’s callous actions.”"

Friday, March 7, 2014

Carbon bubble issue makes it to UK parliament

Triple Crunch Log: "“The idea of a carbon bubble – meaning that the true costs of carbon dioxide in intensifying climate change are not taken into account in a company’s stock market valuation – has been gaining currency in recent years, but this is the first time that MPs have addressed the question head-on.
Much of the world’s fossil fuel resource will have to be left unburned if the world is to avoid dangerous levels of global warming, the environmental audit committee warned.
To avoid the carbon bubble, the report says the Bank of England’s financial policy experts should take advice from the Committee on Climate Change to monitor the risks to financial stability – a controversial recommendation that is likely to ruffle feathers in the Treasury. "

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Free public transport for accredited participants of 2014 IIHF WC in Minsk

Belarus News: "MINSK, 6 March (BelTA) - Public transport in Minsk will be free of charge for accredited guests and participants of the 2014 IIHF World Championship, manager at the Directorate for the 2014 IIHF World Championship Piotr Ryabukhin told media, BelTA learned."

St. Petersburg is considering following the example of free public transport in Tallinn

tallinnatv : "Free public transport in Tallinn takes a positive response in St. Petersburg."