Friday, December 30, 2016

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Monday, December 26, 2016

Kuala Lumpur, new MRT and feeder buses fare-free until Jan 16.

The Rakyat Post: "Planning ahead to avoid potential teething problems when the new Sungai Buloh-Kajang Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) takes on public passengers from 6am tomorrow, all rides will be free till Jan 16.
This is a smart strategy to nip in the bud all complaints from commuters while MRT operator Prasarana Negara Bhd addresses any challenges which may arise due to human behaviour patterns and unforeseeable pitfalls.
During the MRT service launch today, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak the MRT and feeder bus service will be free for one month until Jan 16. “This gives an opportunity to the people to try the new, modern and efficient public transport facility.”"

Monday, December 19, 2016

Road-building is political, while facts are against it

Free Malaysia Today : "If the DAP leaders had taken his concerns seriously and engaged in constructive discussions, I doubt Roger would have taken his ideas publicly. Nothing is more frustrating than having policymakers make decisions based on political expediency rather than data, evidence and scientific analysis and then claiming to do the latter. Chris’s “answers” to Roger’s articles – parroting party line – is a case in point. Recognising and lamenting over traffic congestion is one thing; prescribing failed policies of prioritising building more roads rather than a good public transportation system is like prescribing aspirin to a cancer patient. As Roger pointed out, empirical studies in many countries have shown the futility of the road building frenzy. The new mayor of Houston early this year publicly admitted that investments of over RM10 billion to build and expand the 26-lane Katy freeway did not solve traffic congestion. He said a new paradigm was needed. So why is Penang bent on repeating failure?"

Friday, December 16, 2016

Malaysia urban planner quits his party, challenges govt on road-building plans

Free Malaysia Today : "GEORGE TOWN: There will be no end to Penang’s traffic problems if the state government presses on with its current transport master plan (PTMP), transport scholar Roger Teoh said.
Teoh said the “building more roads approach” taken by the PTMP would be useless in the long run, as many studies, he claimed, had shown how bad it could be.
Teoh told FMT Penang officials were using weak arguments to counter his concerns, which were backed with numbers."

Thursday, December 15, 2016

‘Penang people demand quick solutions to transport woes’

Free Malaysia Today : "GEORGE TOWN: The state government must take concrete action when the public demands immediate solutions to Penang’s traffic congestion, a DAP grassroots leader said today.
Penang island city councillor Chris Lee Chun Kit said the state government could not tell the people to wait for improvements to public transport infrastructure when Penang was already choked with traffic, especially during long weekends and school holidays.
“They don’t want to wait for public transport infrastructure improvements that may not even come,” he told FMT."

Monday, December 5, 2016

Reduced #publictransit fare for seniors in Singapore

The Straits Times: "Seniors will soon get to enjoy more perks with a new free card - which offers concession fares on public transport and discounts on items such as groceries and plane tickets.

The PAssion Silver Concession Card was launched yesterday to make it easier for seniors to stay active and be engaged in the community. It will be free for every Singaporean aged 60 and above. The new card merges the Senior Citizen Concession and PAssion cards."

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Helicopter money -- big mistake -- make more buses #farefree instead

Thailand Is Giving Cash To Low-Income Families To Help Fix Their Economy: "In a bid to combat this and kickstart the weakening economy, the government has approved plans to give low-income families a one-time payout."
Capitalism is a trickle-up economy. That is why austerity makes things worse. But pushing money to the bottom is equally risky as it could lead to devaluation/inflation. Here is a chance to change the culture and reduce the wasteful private auto. Thailand already has many fare-free buses. This plan should be expanded instead of handing out money which might be spent on cars.