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."

Friday, December 19, 2014

Cars not selling well in Japan

Car Lobby Admits "Sense Of Panic" | Zero Hedge: "
The head of Japan's auto lobby on Thursday said a "sense of crisis" hung over the industry, with unexpectedly weak domestic sales revealing the failure of government stimulus policies and currency turmoil hitting key export markets.
Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) Chairman Fumihiko Ike said an April sales tax hike was only partly to blame for the domestic sales weakness, citing the government's failure to boost consumption.
"We are seeing continued weakness in domestic new car sales that go beyond a backlash to the April sales tax hike," he said, adding that new car sales were down by double digits after the tax hike.
Both Toyota and Honda cut their domestic vehicle sales targets when they announced their second-quarter results in November and October respectively."

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

City real estate too high, gasoline too cheap. Result: sprawl

First-time home buyers flee Greater Taipei - The China Post: "Statistics showed that a total of 7,811 people moved to Keelung — about a 20-25 minute freeway drive to Taipei — in the first nine months of this year, with 71 percent of them coming from either Taipei or New Taipei, the ring that surrounds the capital."

Friday, October 17, 2014

Instead of fighting over energy, why not just stop wasting it

RIGZONE - Taiwan Considers Permanent Armed Ships for Disputed South China Sea Island: "TAIPEI, Oct 16 (Reuters) - Taiwan is considering stationing armed vessels permanently on a disputed South China Sea island, officials said, a move bound to renew friction in a region claimed almost wholly by China, with Vietnam already dismissing such a plan as "illegal"."

Monday, October 6, 2014

Taiwan Today - New Taipei breaks ground on Tamsui LRS

Taiwan Today - New Taipei breaks ground on Tamsui LRS: "A ground-breaking ceremony for the Tamsui light-rail system was held Sept. 3 in New Taipei City, underscoring local government efforts to enhance districtwide public transportation services."

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