Friday, April 26, 2013

Ho Chi Minh City officials live in fear of the private auto

Eric Jaffe - The Atlantic Cities: "The Latitude blog of the New York Times recently tracked the efforts of Ho Chi Minh City, the most populous city in Vietnam, to get its metro system in place before residents catch the car bug. Cities in developing nations often put themselves behind the traffic curve, if you will, by encouraging people to drive before public transit has been established. As one transport expert told Latitude reporter Lien Hoang: "Once people get into a car, it's hard to get them out.""

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Singapore: free travel on [MRT] trains before 7.45am from June 24

Free travel on trains before 7.45am from June 24: "Commuters who are willing to get up earlier and travel to the city area before 7.45am will get free train rides from June 24."

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Singapore, choked by cars, desperately seeking relief

'Pay as you drive' scheme suggested to ease Singapore's traffic congestion - Channel NewsAsia: "Prof Paul Barter, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, said, "Singapore has a very high level of car use per car, each car is used around 20,000 kilometres per year, whereas for European or Japanese cities per year, it is more like 10,000 to 12,000 kilometres per car.

"So even though we have very low car ownership, we still have a lot of traffic because those car owners use the car more. Ideally cars would be cheaper in the future but perhaps more expensive to use, more expensive to park.""

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Thailand decides to continue free public transport. Taiwan should copy this plan.

Free public transport would go a long way towards reducing noise and traffic congestion in Taiwan. It would reduce the demand for transport fuel and mean sending less money overseas to buy that fuel.
Free public bus & train services to continue for 6 more months: "BANGKOK, 31 March 2013 (NNT) - The mobile Cabinet meeting has decided to extend the free transport service, intended for low-income public, for another six months. "