Sunday, January 22, 2017

Goa, India, the way to fewer cars is via public transport

Times of India: "Sharing her thoughts about the construction of new bridges in Goa, she said, "The government feels it is inevitable that the vehicle numbers will grow and we will need more space. This is not sustainable. Beyond a point, Goa cannot find enough road space to accommodate higher car density. If they make infrastructure for public transport, there will be no need for flyovers in the future.""

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Pune Mayor plans to make #publictransport cheaper than a two-wheeler

Times of India: ""Good public transport is needed. People are not opting for it (public transport) because they don't have any guarantee about the service. The elected members of my party and also other parties will work to change this. More buses will be made available for the city so that the frequency of buses will increase," Pune mayor Prashant Jagtap said. He added that steps would be taken to ensure the per kilometre expense of using public transport becomes cheaper than that of two-wheeler."

Monday, January 2, 2017

Delhi gridlocked in stupidity: 9,000,000 cars, 4,000 buses, 6,000 respiratory deaths, 0 brave politicians

Hindustan Times: "On December 15, HT wrote about a study by six road design experts stating that the time spent by Delhi commuters on city roads has doubled in the last six years and the speed of traffic during peak hours has been cut by half. Today, a person travelling 40 km by a private vehicle during peak hours spends an average of 3.43 hours on the road, up from 1.36 hours in 2011, the researchers found.

This ocean of vehicles hasn’t just choked the roads. It is asphyxiating the national capital. In 2015, as many as 6,502 persons died of respiratory diseases, the second biggest cause of death after the unspecified “others” category in government records."

Monday, December 26, 2016

Authorities stop #freebus scheme in Pune, mistakenly thinking it will cost money

Free bus ride scheme hits snag as PCMC won’t budge - Pune Mirror: "With the forthcoming civic elections, the Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) corporators last month announced to offer free rides on the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) buses on last Monday of each month in order to promote the use of public transport among citizens."
Government budgets around the world are structured in such a way that anything that benefits people is considered a costly "expense" that is "given" by government to the people. Actually everything is paid for one way or another, everything. It's just a matter of accounting. Right now people are paying very dearly to support the private auto. It takes up space and resources far in excess to the benefit it provides. Making buses fare-free is a good way to reduce this waste. But the auto expenses are not listed in the budget so they don't count.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Delhi to slash bus fares by 75 per cent

The Hindu : "To encourage people to use public transport, Delhi government has decided to slash fares of DTC and cluster buses by whopping 75 per cent from January 1.

The government has also decided to make DTC bus travel free for students up to the age of 21-years."

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Delhi Government May Reduce Bus Fares By Over 50 Percent

ndtv : "NEW DELHI:  The Delhi government is planning to reduce fares of DTC and cluster buses (orange) by over 50 per cent to promote use of public transport and discourage people from using personal vehicles to bring down pollution."

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Delhi odd/even car restrictions having "little or no" impact on nitrous oxide levels

Pollution Solutions Online: "Over in India, pollution has been dominating the headlines recently, with the Diwali festival of lights exacerbating an already serious problem. Though Delhi has imposed numerous restrictions on passenger vehicles, including maintaining the odd-even ban for over two weeks, an assessment of nitrogen oxides (NOx) above the city reveal that the schemes appear to have made little or no impact."