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.

Friday, November 18, 2016

False promise of #ParisAgreement against the reality of demand for more cars

The Star Online : "Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia all rank in the top 10 countries globally in terms of intention to acquire a car within the next two years. Around four in five Indonesian and Thai consumers (81% and 79% respectively) intend to buy a car within the next two years, as do three-quarters of Filipinos (76%) and seven out of 10 Malaysians (71%), compared to just 65% globally.

“Historically automotive demand in South-East Asia has been relatively low, and for many households owning a car has been financially out of reach,” said Chang Park, Managing Director of Nielsen’s Automotive Industry Group in South-East Asia, North Asia and Pacific.

“We have seen those tables turn in a big way in recent years, however, largely due to rising income levels across the region as more and more households join the middle class and attain the financial means to make their first car purchase.”

Intention to upgrade among car owners here is also high, particularly in Indonesia (the highest globally), and the Philippines (seventh highest)."

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Penang’s challenge: More highways or good public transportation

Free Malaysia Today : "Penang is at an important crossroad. Which road will it take? Will the State ignore scientific evidence and make policies based on personal whims and populism by over investing in highways to please car users? Or will it show far-sighted and courageous leadership by building and improving public transport; educate and lead the public along this new road of sustainable public transport system? Investing more and more on highways undermines a good public transport system."

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Cabinet approves extension of free bus, train service

Coconuts Bangkok: "The cabinet yesterday approved a THB2.2 billion project to extend free bus and train services for another six months.
Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith said the free public transport service will be extended to the end of April of 2017, Daily News reported.
There are currently 800 free buses and 152 free trains in service. The free ride scheme was initiated in 2008 during Samak Sundaravej’s term as prime minister and has been continued ever since to help lower travel expenses for low-income people."

Monday, October 24, 2016

Car ownership a sign of failure, not success

Malay Mail Online: "An overly high vehicle ownership is by no means an indication of prosperity but a consequence of failed planning. The ultimate result of low public transport take-up and an excessive abundance of private cars is the nightmarish traffic snarls along our roads and highways, resulting in unnecessary time, resource and economic losses.

The most pressing task for the government is to decisively improve our existing public transportation. To the commuters, a prerequisite for all public transit systems is fast and convenient services.

Simply put, no one would want to waste lots of time changing trains or buses to reach their final destinations. In other words, the government must expand not only the network coverage but also improve connectivity among the different modes and systems.

Secondly, public transport fares must be affordable. If we have to spend as much money taking public transit as to pay for car mortgages, many will then opt for the latter given the added convenience."

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Jakartans lack access to decent public transportation

The Jakarta Post: "The report surveyed megacities and satellite cities and showed that Paris received a perfect score (100 percent), followed by Barcelona (99 percent) and Madrid (92 percent). Cities at the bottom included Washington D.C. (57 percent), Beijing (60 percent) and Jakarta (44 percent). But when the survey included the metropolitan area Paris score dropped to 50 percent, Barcelona to 76 percent and greater Jakarta 16 percent.

“The PNT metric illustrates how unplanned urban and suburban growth focuses on automobiles and only those who can afford to drive,” said Clayton Lane, the chief executive officer of ITDP."