Monday, March 23, 2015

Buses jammed, highways jammed. Population is blamed. Solution: #freetransit

Al Jazeera English: "Transport facilities have long lost their battle with exploding demand.
Even the most polite people turn into animal-like creatures when a bus or train arrives. Something that might have looked like a queue disappears instantly and the best and most aggressive pushers are getting on board. Unless every inch inside the vehicle is taken already.

I have learned this the hard way. Trying to be polite will cost you many hours of waiting on a weekly basis. The only real queues are the long lines of cars queuing patiently day-in, day-out on nearly every stretch of road in every major city. Yes, it is that bad."

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Buy buses, not planes says MP

Free Malaysia Today: "JOHOR BAHRU: The federal government has been urged to pay for buses instead of paying for road construction.
If the government is so rich as to be able to purchase a new executive jet, there was no reason why buses cannot be subsidised by the government, said Liew Chin Tong, MP for Kluang.
He said new ideas were needed for public transport, as a social good. “The more people using public transport means fewer people driving on the road,” he said. “We need a paradigm shift from the government paying for road construction to the government paying for buses.”"

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Public Transport Outsourcing and Risks

Sustainable Cities Collective: "Every world class city needs a functioning and accessible transportation network, however, Phnom Penhers mainly travel by tuktuk, car (Toyota Camry) or SUV (Lexus).

These large vehicles travel at a very slow pace among all the motorbikes and bicycles weaving between traffic in either direction.

Phnom Penh is flat, and everyone owns a bicycle or rides a cyclo, yet there are no bicycle lanes and very few sidewalks. The city has developed plans to ease the congestion, but little progress has been seen besides a few flyovers and “friendship” bridges.

While the bridges undoubtedly help connect the land between three rivers, the placement and design is quite inefficient -the two main bridges were built directly adjacent to one another."



'via Blog this'

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Baspel Proposes Free Public Bus Rides For School Children

malaysiandigest : "KUALA LUMPUR -- The 1Malaysia Tour Bus Drivers Association (Baspel) has proposed that public bus operators provide free bus rides for school children to help ease the people's burden, especially parents.

Baspel president Noraizam Abdul Kadir said the proposal aimed to help parents so that they no longer had to spend much on bus fares.

"Baspel proposes that public bus operators provide free bus rides for students in school uniforms on school days to ease parent's burden," he said on the 'Ruang Bicara' talk show televised live over BernamaTV last night."

Friday, December 26, 2014

Brunei to start BRT and add 170 buses

AsiaOne : "In the master plan and white paper, the bus system will face the most changes and improvements with a new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system planned, as buses constitute as the main means of public transport in Brunei.

The new BRT system will incorporate four lines across the Brunei-Muara district with a total of 48km of bus lanes, and a frequency of four minutes between each bus.

The new system also targets a total of 126 BRT buses that would run 29,000 trips during the morning peak hours and a total of 228,000 trips per day.

The current bus system would also be enhanced to create a BRT bus feeder system that supports the BRT system, taking passengers to stops not in the BRT lines.

The current bus fleet of 105 buses, in 2013, will also be increased to a total of 275 buses with average bus headway of 10 minutes and a total of 8,000 bus trips during morning peak hours, which is an increase from less than 1000 in 2013."

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Solution for Penang, make all buses free

Traffic jams won’t stop Penangites from using cars - The Malaysian Insider: "There are more than two million registered vehicles in the state but the population is only more than 1.6 million, according to Chow Kon Yeow, the state executive councillor in charge of traffic management.

Only 6% of Penang's population uses public buses – a figure that was still low although ridership had been increasing yearly."