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/ 

Scottish Socialist Party and People Before Profit canvassing together

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

UK levels of PM 2.5 exceed safe levels

Rush-hour traffic in Manchester

The study by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) found that about 15 million people in the UK live in areas where average levels of PM2.5 – a tiny toxic particle that predominantly comes from vehicle emissions, wood burning and construction – exceeds guidelines set by the World Health Foundation.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Parties in Ireland call out Ireland Green Party for not supporting #freepublictransport

EU Health and Environmental Alliance calls for #freepublictransport

Thursday, January 30, 2020

LA GRATUITÉ C’EST POSSIBLE


A l’occasion des deuxièmes rencontres internationales des transports publics gratuits à Châteauroux, la Coordination nationale des collectifs pour la gratuité des transports publics a lancé un appel pour interpeller et mobiliser dans la perspectives des prochaines élections municipales.
https://reseau-gratuite-transports.org/?p=72 

Calais, France, starts #freepublictransport serving over 100,000 population

For some families, it is several tens of euros saved each month… As for the other advantage of this free service, it is obviously for the environment . People no longer pay to get around, so they don't hesitate to leave the car in the garage ! The Hauts-de-France region seems to really act for users ... Perhaps other French regions could follow the example of the ch'tis? The users would be better off and the Planet too!
https://www.neozone.org/societe/calais-une-frequentation-en-hausse-de-70-depuis-la-gratuite-des-transports-en-commun/ 

Skopje, North Macedonia, #freepublictransport until air improves


Skopje has made public transport free and doubled parking fees to reduce pollution.


Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Ireland - People Before Profit launches bold plan including "immediate" #freepublictransport

SOLIDARITY-PEOPLE BEFORE Profit has pledged to introduce a free public transport system by tripling investment and subsidising journeys if it forms the next government.
Launching its “Planet Before Profit” climate change manifesto today, the party said it would facilitate the plan by adding 500 electric buses every year at cost of €500 million.
https://www.thejournal.ie/solidarity-people-before-profit-climate-manifesto-4984610-Jan2020/? 

People Before Profit in Ireland calls for #freepublictransport @pb4p

Protester contre l’abondance des voitures

Déjà en 1972, des cyclistes manifestaient à Paris. « Pollution, oppression », « Les voitures, ça pue, ça tue », « Des vélos gratuits pour tous les Parisiens »… Voilà à quoi ressemblait une manifestation à vélo dans Paris en 1972 et à l’époque déjà, on réclamait des vélibs! 
Déjà, dans les années 1970, les Parisiens s’insurgeaient contre la pollution de l’air et souhaitaient limiter la voiture en ville.
http://carfree.fr/index.php/2020/01/29/protester-contre-labondance-des-voitures/ 

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Political group meets the public for #freepublictransport and other issues

Netherlands choking on cars

Recent forecasts from the Netherlands Institute for Transport Policy Analysis have predicted significantly longer travel times for road traffic due to congestion. In five years, travel times for car traffic is expected to go up by roughly one third. Increased road capacity will not be able to accommodate the growth of traffic.
https://www.eltis.org/mt/node/47800 

Free and frequent

Friday, January 24, 2020

People want to live where conversation not drowned by traffic noise

...A strong Limerick city is built on strong social ties and communities. We need to build a city that prioritises social connection, that allows Limerick people interact with each other in a pleasant and healthy city centre. The best social places work when you interact with your community without realising you are doing so, where it is natural to share a conversation or a joke with a neighbour without worrying about traffic or noise.

Before we can start such an overhaul of our city centre, we need to decide on where and how the city will grow for the next generation. The city should not repeat the mistakes of other cities across Europe, which were allowed to sprawl without thought for the consequences of such sprawl. People want to live in strong vibrant communities and we know that unthinking sprawl has been detrimental to communities across Europe. It is hard to know your neighbour when you do not have the time to spend getting to know them because you spend too long in traffic or because your local street is an unpleasant place to stroll around. When we talk about Limerick city, we mean a city all of us calls and considers home, in the best sense. We can learn from other cities on how Limerick can build on its already strong communities into an even better city to live in....
http://www.brianleddin.ie/2020/01/people-need-to-be-at-the-heart-of-urban-strategy/ 

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Cork TD calls for free and frequent public transport #freepublictransport

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Switzerland -- a step toward #freepublictransport?

“Rytz’s plans are going in the right direction”: the first step towards free public transport?
The green idea of ​​the 1000-franc GA travelcard for young people up to 25 years is well received even by ordinary people. National Councilor Cedric Wermuth, candidate for the SP Co-Presidium, is aiming for a system change in the medium term.
https://www.en24.news/2020/02/regula-rytzs-plans-the-first-step-towards-free-swiss-public-transport.html 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Students in Romania to ride fare-free

Starting with the 2020-2021 school year, students will circulate free of charge based on the student booklet, endorsed by the school unit, meaning that the ministries involved will elaborate a draft normative act.
https://www.edu.ro/ministerul-educa%C8%9Biei-%C8%99i-cercet%C4%83rii-%C3%AEi-sprijin%C4%83-pe-elevi-li-se-va-deconta-transportul 

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Cars get unfair share of [expensive] public space

Let’s not start with cars, but let’s begin with public property, the public road. Traffic is a space issue: there are too many cars in the limited space of the road at a particular time of the day. Because cars clog up the roads, more efficient and more sociable modes of transport, such as buses and more environmentally-friendly modes of transport such as cycling are crowded out. Even where there are bus lanes, the needs of cars on the cramped roads interfere with the buses, playing havoc with timetables and undermining the service. 
A good way to look at this issue is through the lens of property rights or the lack of them. Roads at rush hours are desired by drivers the same way houses with sea views are desired by home owners.
https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/david-mcwilliams-introduce-a-congestion-charge-and-make-public-transport-free-1.4141971?

Thursday, January 16, 2020

South Yorkshire Freedom Riders call for #freepublictransport

The South Yorkshire Freedom Riders will next month present proposals to Sheffield City Region Mayor Dan Jarvis to create a ‘zero fares’ policy across the entire region.
https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/traffic-and-travel/franchising-has-failed-us-all-south-yorkshire-freedom-riders-propose-zero-fare-bus-service-67271

Union of Students in Ireland calls for #freepublictransport for students

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has called on Ireland’s next government to remove the student contribution charge – at €3,000, the second-highest college fee in the EU – and advocated for free public transport for students, in its general election manifesto released this evening.
http://www.universitytimes.ie/2020/01/in-election-manifesto-usi-calls-for-an-end-to-student-contribution/ 

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Another town in Poland, how many now? #freepublictransport

The residents of Krynica can already enjoy free bus journeys in Krynica. Until now, only seniors could use this facility. As mayor Piotr Ryba explained to us, the service is also available to tourists visiting the spa. A total of 5 buses are available to the local government.
http://www.rdn.pl/news/darmowa-komunikacja-krynicy-dziala-dzis 

City Center of Augsberg goes fare-free

From the beginning of 2020, buses and trams can be used for free in the center of Augsburg. This friendly gesture is intended to improve the air quality in the center of a Bavarian city of 300,000.
https://www.dw.com/pl/prekursorzy-nowoczesnej-komunikacji-miejskiej-augsburg-i-luksemburg/a-51882532 

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Prozor-Rama Municipality introduced free Public Transport

At the beginning of 2020, Prozor-Rama Municipality introduced free public transport for all its residents, and, as the only one in the country, including the wider region, solved the traffic congestion problem and reduced air pollution. 
Assistant to Mayor of Prozor-Rama Josip Juricic, who is also one of the authors of this project, tells Klix.ba that the idea was actually imposed because of the needs of the residents of the area.
http://www.sarajevotimes.com/prozor-rama-municipality-introduced-free-public-transport-for-all-its-residents/ 

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Waterford, Ireland, considering fare-free #publictransport

Komárno, Slovakia, starts fare-free public transport

The first town in Slovakia to implement free public transport for everyone is Komárno. It has been valid since the beginning of January 2020. 
Public transport buses in Komárno are free not only for town inhabitants but also for tourists and visitors, the Sme daily reported.

Čítajte viac: https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22296514/free-public-transport-in-slovak-town.html

Bielsk Podlaski introduces free public transport

Public transport bus in Bielsk Podlaski, photo: Źmicier Kościn
From Wednesday (01.01) public transport will be free for everyone. So unanimously decided city councilors at their last session this year. Residents are counting on savings and cleaner air.