Monday, February 29, 2016

Thousands have fun on first Car-Free Sunday in Singapore

The Straits Times: "Housewife Cindy Cheng, 44, and her husband took their four children to the event, which she described as a good opportunity for family bonding. "We are an active family, and like to expose our kids to the outdoors as much as possible. The event was up to our expectations and we will definitely come again.""

Friday, February 19, 2016

Writer has suggestions for Thailand #publictransit

The Nation: "With mega-projects set to be a major mover of our sluggish economy, I propose that many should be focused on improving the efficiency of our public transportation system. This could be done by:

a) Integrating public transport so that different systems work seamlessly as one. For example, no longer would we have the Airport Link light railway drop passengers in the middle of nowhere. With Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha enjoying absolute power to force inter-agency cooperation, now is the time to push this through.

b) Shifting our long-haul transit from roads to high-speed, dual-track railway, thus lowering costs.

c) Pushing retail fuel prices back to where they were when oil was US$100 per barrel, and using the surplus for transportation mega-projects.

d) Installing closed-circuit cameras at all major intersections to automatically fine speeders, those caught idling at intersections, etc. Fines for traffic offences should double each time a given driver breaks the law in a given year.

e) Requiring that car owners prove they have parking spaces for their vehicles, as in Rome. Cars can be parked only in the district where the owner resides. Otherwise they will be towed.

Burin Kantabutra"

'via Blog this'

Friday, February 5, 2016

Kuala Lumpur residents call for more free buses, shaded walkways

The Star Online: "“The journey is less than half an hour and I am sure people will not mind walking if there was a proper shaded walkway.

“Proper walkways can help reduce the number of cars on the road,” he said.

He highlighted that densely populated areas such as Kajang, Puchong and Subang Jaya were not equipped with shaded walkways, making residents less reluctant to walk instead of driving their cars over a short distance or using public transport which would require them to walk from the rail station or bus stop to their destination.
...Upen macro section and privatisation deputy director Mohd Yazid Sairi said the Selangorku buses serviced five areas — Shah Alam, Subang Jaya, Kajang, Klang and Ampang Jaya — at a cost of RM12.5mil.

He added that the network would be expanded as there had been more requests for the free bus service."