Thursday, May 29, 2014

Rochdale, UK, free public transport for jobseekers

Rochdale Online: "Job seekers can now travel free on buses when attending job interviews, as well as enjoy free or discounted public transport during the first few months in their new job. "

Leap card fares are going to get cheaper for teenagers aged 18 and under : "THE CHILD FARE rate for the Leap card will now be extended to 16, 17 and 18 year olds from this August.
Usually 16 is the cut off age for child fares and when adult fare prices kick in."

Friday, May 23, 2014

Scotland - free public transport for retired people

Poor argument - The Scotsman: "The current Scottish Government has legislated for free prescriptions and free public transport for the retired. Prof Trewavas seems to think these policies favour the rich and middle classes. However, demographics clearly show those in poverty tend to be both the sickest and those who make most use of public transport. It follows that such changes actually help those in poverty much more than they help those who are not."

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Barcelona - People want more #publictransit, less fares

Zero fares & car bans reduce traffic congestion & air pollution in Paris

Fare-Free New Zealand: "In March, air pollution in northern France reached dangerous levels and resulted in a strong government response. Public transportation fees were removed and cars were partially banned from the roads. This month, as data are released by Airparif, one can see that this response led to a drop in Paris road traffic of 18% and 6-30% drop in air pollution levels."

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Cheap parking is unfair to non-drivers

Havant election candidates grilled on parking and town centres - Portsmouth News: "Mr Cheshire, who is defending his Hart Plain seat, acknowledged there are problems with parking in the borough.

But he added: ‘It’s a balancing act. But why should people who don’t have cars pay for people who do use cars to go into the town centres?’"

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Public transportation is the future, says expert

Khaleej Times: "Predicting a “thrilling” urban mobility in the future, Dr Lichtenegger said public transport is the efficient and sustainable solution bearing in mind that investing in future mobility is the real innovation. “There will be critical changes in lifestyles, and these will cause changes in mobility behaviour, and people will be sharing economy, and steering away from individualism.”"

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Safety suffers as we cannot afford to fix our cars "Bluntly, it found that they have cut back on maintenance. And that is a real cause for concern because they could be compromising the safety of their vehicles and their families."

Monday, May 12, 2014

Tories lavish money on cars, but have none for people

Anger as council covers playground in « Express & Star: "The tarmacked playground is the latest in a series of controversies after it was revealed the council is spending a further £10,000 on its car park outside the Council House to relocate a flag pole just months after it shelled out £32,000 on resurfacing the same car park.

The authority also faced a barrage of criticism for shelling out £50,000 for a new Jaguar XJ to transport the mayor to civil functions."

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Plataforma #StopPujadesTransport

FPT in Livorno (IT)

Following Trentino and Genova, the Movimento 5 Stelle proposes, in his election program for the municipal elections, the Free Pubblic Transport.
In 21th of January, the italian FPT advocate expounded the idea in a meeting.
Yesterday evening, 10th may, Filippo Nogarin, the Movimento 5 Stelle candidate for mayor, thanking the FPT's advocate, presented the program for the city of Livorno.

The FPT can become a reality in an important city of central Italy.

As FPT advocate I ask all the people involved to spread the word and encourage the choice of Movimento 5 Stelle candidate.

Paolo Vergnano

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Lubin, Poland, city council to vote on free public transport

Public transport for free! - Lupine - city portal: "- I will vote for - betrays the chairman of the city council Andrew Lubin Górzyński. - I believe that the President had a very good idea. Public transport is the future. In one place a little lose, but gain in others. It seems to me that the people with cars will change to public transport. This will reduce the load on the road, there will be less pollution ... - calculates.

Free public transport is the idea of ​​President Robert Raczynski Lubin. The project has already directed the relevant resolution to the city council. It will be debated on it May 20. If it accepts, Lubin jeździliby free public buses in the autumn of this year."

Plataforma #StopPujadesTransport

Plataforma #StopPujadesTransport: "Esteu convidades a la primera Taula Popular del Transport Públic. Dijous 29 a les 19h a la seu de la FAVB.

-Reivindiquem la rebaixa de tarifes de transport públic.
-Exigim la destitució del Consell d'Administració de l'Autoritat del Transport Metropolità, amb el Conseller Santi Vila al capdavant."

Friday, May 9, 2014

Paris plan incorporates more fare-free public transport to fight pollution

Paris: New plan to avoid repeat of pollution crisis - The Local: " on the second day of levels above 50 microgrammes the city’s municipal bicycle and car rental schemes should be made free for the duration, the report urges."

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Loneliness a serious health problem. UK solution? Take away free public transport for OAP's

Tea and Empathy - A Simple and Effective Way to Alleviate the Loneliness of More Than a Million Older People | Trevor Lyttleton: "According to Age UK's latest poll hot from the press, 40% of elderly people rely on their TV or pet for company, 12.5% of older people feel cut off from society and, for the first time, more than a million say they are usually lonely."

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Russia: Khanty take action to stop road construction through sacred site : "On April 28, Representatives of the Khanty community of Nizhnevartovsk district blocked operations of the “Varyoganneft” oil company which is building a road through a sacred lichen grove to an oil deposit on the Khanty’s ancestral lands.

Local residents erected a Chum (a Siberian nomad tent) to block passage of the company’s equipment and are not planning to remove it until the oil workers leave."

Monday, May 5, 2014

Zory, Poland, Free Public Transport is unconditional

City Hall Zory: "Lines of the Free Public Transport ie, those numbered 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06 and 07 are free for all people ie both residents Zory and people outside of our city. Free bus ride for these lines is not conditional upon the legitimacy or other document issued by the City of Zory. It is the only solution in Poland."

Sunday, May 4, 2014

UK rail privatization a wasteful scam

Miliband eyes state control of railways - "In their letter, the candidates said: “Train companies walk away with hundreds of millions of pounds every year, despite running monopoly services and benefiting from £4bn of public investment in the rail network every year.”"