Friday, September 27, 2013

Commuting in Jakarta, Indonesia

The Jakarta Post: "While many Jakartans are lucky enough to sit comfortably in their own cars, millions commute almost everyday with various modes of transportation that might lack in safety. "

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Indonesia's Cheap Cars Policy Contradicts Public Transport Development

BERNAMA : ""The problem of traffic congestion will increase with the implementation of the cheap car policy," said Supandi.

According to him, cheap car regulations need to be immediately discussed and applied in Bekasi.

"The cheap car policy should have special regulations. Without regulations, the cheap car policy will create a lot of problems," he said."

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Cars get much more than their fair share of transportation funding

Public transport advocate solicits ideas to break ‘car culture’ in Penang: "GEORGE TOWN, Sept 23 — A predilection for cars means that 80 per cent of transport funding is used to cater for the needs of 20 per cent of society, according to a public transport proponent today.

...According to Britton, Penang’s transport system is “over-built” and “poorly used” as most infrastructure was catered to those who travel by cars.

...He said if Penang were to continue to be driven by its fast-paced automobile industry, it will soon end up as a city that is not only unsustainable but also not liveable."

See more at:  Malay Mail

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Bangkok promoting #publictransit on #carfree day

Leave your cars at home! | Bangkok Post: news: "With the purchase of a pin, people will be allowed to board all types of public transportation in the city _ BTS, MRT, Airport Rail Link, city passenger buses, BRT buses, Chao Phraya express boats, public rental bikes, and city tour shuttle buses in Rattanakosin Island _ without any additional costs, starting from 6am until midnight on Sept 22."

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Malaysia, fuel price hikes as usual, accompanied by empty promises of more public transport

Revisiting a nightmare | Free Malaysia Today: "Many ordinary citizens interviewed by the press accused the BN government of habitually reneging on its promise to improve the public transport system, which it would repeat every time it announced an increase in fuel prices.
“Now it is time to make the government accountable,” said an anonymous commentator. “Our government should show transparency and accountability by making available to the Malaysian public an annual expenditure report to be tabled in Parliament which shows how the savings of RM3.3 billion or RM4.4 billion were being spent.
“Malaysians are tired of listening to empty promises and sweeping claims and justifications. We want every sen accountable by the government.”
But little has changed even now. Today, with a new hike in fuel prices, we are hearing practically the same words again from the government."

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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Effects of #peakoil in Malaysia

Free Malaysia Today: "Already it has been reported recently that new houses prices are expected to be increased by 10% partly due to rising transportation cost and various bus and transportation associations have already announced rising freight cost which will be passed to the consumers."