Sunday, November 24, 2013

Taiwan has many buses, including lots of free ones

Taiwan is better prepared than the US for the end of oil. There is still more that can be done. Stay out of the "free trade" business and focus on developing local resources. Slowly raise gasoline taxes and lower bus fares.

There are already many shuttles that are fare-free. This should be expanded.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Taiwan learn from Japan experience and prepare for higher energy costs

Japan trade deficit nearly doubles on energy charges - Taipei Times: "Energy imports surged after the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi crisis forced the shutdown of Japan’s nuclear reactors, which once supplied a third of the nation’s power.
A sharp decline in the yen, which is good for exporters’ profitability, has also forced up the cost of importing pricey fossil-fuels to plug the country’s energy gap.
Japan’s trade imbalance was largely due to the rising cost — and volume — of crude oil and liquefied natural gas shipments as well as surging purchases of electronic parts."

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Singapore: Up to 1 million commuters may gain from fare review suggestions

Channel NewsAsia: "With the goal of keeping public transport fares affordable, the Fare Review Mechanism Committee (FRMC) has proposed two new concession schemes targeted at low-income workers and persons with disabilities.

It also recommended that the government funds these two schemes without imposing this as a financial burden on public transport operators.

The committee also proposed significant enhancements for existing schemes.

One is allow children below the age of seven to travel for free instead of using the current height criterion.

Another change proposed is a Monthly Travel Pass to be made available to adult commuters who frequently use public transport."

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