Thursday, June 7, 2018

Public transportation in Estonia to be free of charge

The Jakarta Post : "Advocate João Peschanski, a researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who studies public transportation around the world, was quoted as saying, “It is an especially important idea in poor and more unequal societies, because without mobility assistance, some people will be prevented from having access to resources ― to jobs, culture and leisure opportunities”

Aside from helping poorer people travel around, the free public transit will also be able to reduce traffic and carbon emissions on the road.

“We hope it gives people a reason to use their car less, or not use their car at all on working days,” Alaküla said. “In Tallinn we have taken several measures to reduce car usage along with free public transportation ― special bus lanes, more bike tracks to encourage cycling, and we have also raised on-street parking fees and reduced parking places.” (ely/mut)"

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Pakatan Harapan mulls free public transportation for Miri City

thesundaily : "MIRI: Pakatan Harapan (PH) is planning to provide free public transportation for Miri City as part of it strategy to ease the burden of lower income groups following the successful implementation of a similar system in Selangor and Penang."

Thursday, March 8, 2018

#Publictransit "not sustainable" ...... wait, what?

Cheap public transport fares popular but 'not sustainable': Khaw Boon Wan - Channel NewsAsia: ""We must be careful that (fares) are not priced too cheaply, as maintaining a high-quality transport system requires resources," he said. "Cheap fares are popular, but they are not sustainable."

The current formula is "inadequate", he said, and the Public Transport Council (PTC) is reviewing it to take into account "total costs"."
Really? The poles are melting. Humans are approaching extinction. But the subsidized automobile system must keep on rolling.

Public transport pays for itself by reducing car costs.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Plan ahead and use public transportation by using this free GoKL bus service

Friday, February 9, 2018

Bangkok air turns deadly

Coconuts Bangkok: "Today, the department reported PM2.5 dust in Bangkok at 8am. It was measured at 47-70 micrograms per m3, higher than the level considered safe for Thailand, which is set at 50 micrograms per m3. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization suggested that the level of PM2.5 dust should be under 25 micrograms per m3."

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Malaysian public transport hurt by ‘one man’s’ fixation with national car, says PM Najib

TODAYonline : "KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia’s public transport network languished for decades due to “one man’s” obsession with developing a national car, Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Tuesday (Jan 23) in veiled reference to his predecessor-turned-critic Mahathir Mohamad.

As a result, this obsession left the country with a public transportation system that was disjointed and disintegrated, said Mr Najib.

“One man’s obsession with the idea of a national car — which is now being turned round under international joint ownership — led to Malaysia lacking an efficient public transport system,” he was quoted as saying by national news agency Bernama."

Monday, May 22, 2017

Indonesian governor asks president to let timber firms drain peat in his province

mongabay : "Jokowi introduced the ban in the wake of the devastating 2015 forest and land fires, which burned an area the size of Vermont and sickened half a million people. The country’s vast peat swamp zones have been widely drained and dried for agriculture, rendering them highly flammable and prone to emitting huge amounts of greenhouse gases.

Reports of timber firm PT Mohairson Pawan Khatulistiwa (MPK)’s activities in Sungai Putri, one of the last best coastal peat swamp forests on the island of Borneo, began to emerge last year. In March, the environment ministry visited the area; on Apr. 21, it ordered the company to stop operating and close the canal, which then stretched 8.1 kilometers long."