Monday, August 3, 2015

Capitalism threatened by #degrowth, willing to destroy Taiwan culture for more babies.

DW.COM: "If we want to change the fertility we probably should encourage people to have children outside of marriage and give them a free choice. In European countries like France there is a very high proportion – 55 percent – of births out of wedlock. In Taiwan it’s only 4 percent."


Friday, April 17, 2015

Taipei mayor aims for 80% #publictransit usage

Ko outlines city plans for ‘smart, green’ development - Taipei Times: "In a speech at the Green Together City-to-City Sustainability Dialogues also attended by Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) and Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦), Ko outlined his vision for a “green city” characterized by zero growth in electricity consumption and usage of public transportation by 80 percent of city residents."

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Is anyone asking what is the cost of not having rail service?

Public transport is always having a "funding crisis." That is because costs and benefits are manipulated. We should consider all the costs. What is the cost of thousands of additional cars on the highways, streets, and parking lots?

Stakes raised for possible government takeover of Taiwan High Speed Rail - The China Post: "THSRC could face bankruptcy in March or April because it doesn't have the cash needed to meet potential preferred share redemption obligations."

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Money spent to move cars faster is a bad policy

Here is an example of money wasted supporting the car culture. Pedestrian overpasses are expensive and rarely used. Their purpose is not to protect pedestrians, but to allow traffic to move faster. Faster traffic actually puts pedestrians at more risk. Instead we should invest the money in free buses and gradually get rid of private autos. Private autos take up too much room, are inefficient in moving people and are dangerous.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Taiwan public transportation budget raised to new high

WantChinaTimes: "The ministry anticipates that it will not be easy to achieve a government goal of a 30% public transportation market share by 2025, Lin said.

The ministry hopes that local governments, particularly those of the six special municipalities–Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan, Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung–can do more to encourage people to use public transport, he said.

The 2015 budget will be spent on the subsidization of public bus operations in remote areas and measures to replace old buses and taxis with new ones and promote a multipurpose ticket card system for public bus and railway services, according to the ministry."

Monday, January 26, 2015

Hong Kong cars take up too much space, move too few people

South China Morning Post: "The increasing use of private cars inevitably uses up limited road resources. According to the traffic congestion report, private cars account for 40 to 70 per cent of the total traffic on most of the main roads, but carry only 16 per cent of the total daily number of road-based travellers, or "passenger boardings".

Minibuses and buses, by contrast, carry 71 per cent of total daily road-based passenger boardings, but account for only 5 to 25 per cent of total traffic on major roads."


Thursday, January 1, 2015

In Taiwan, cars are still winning the war for government subsidy

Taipei Times: "The Ministry of Transportation and Communications yesterday said that local governments should make public transport development the top priority in their transportation policies, adding that it could ask local governments to refund subsidies granted to them if a transport facility is underused or demolished because of inadequate evaluation in its planning."