Friday, October 30, 2015

Fare-free bus service attracts 9,000 riders a day, 19% from cars, motorcycles.

Malay Mail Online: "KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 29 — A free bus service offered by the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) has converted a good number of motorists in the area into public transport users, according to a recent survey."

[Singapore] Govt should run public transport system

Channel NewsAsia: "“If you tell a private corporation that I’m going to judge you on the basis of your quarterly results and your bonus is based on your quarterly results, why would you want to spend money on long-term maintenance? That only adds costs and doesn’t shore up my quarterly results,” he said.

“I hope as we write our economic history, we can honestly admit that we made mistakes … The question is: Have we learnt from our mistakes and are we prepared to move ahead?”"
Government investment is putting money in, so public gets a benefit. Private investment is putting money in to get more money out, regardless of public benefit.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

IEA to Southeast Asia: Please buy more oil, choke your cities with cars, and ruin your environment with sprawl

iea : "“As Southeast Asia flourishes, it is moving to the centre of the global energy stage,” IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol said. “Countries in the region now have much in common with IEA members. We must all work together to build more secure and sustainable energy supplies and markets, as platforms for promoting economic development.”"