We have to get away from the very idea of systematic individual motor vehicles.
#Bikes and #ebikes, efficient #publicTransport (both for commuting and travelling, and with as much #rail as possible) and a #carsharing / #carclub system for the occasional times when one needs a car.
I see there are calls for Glasgow buses to be run by SPT again.
I’m minded when I worked with a Glasgow design agency, as an #AfterEffects animation consultant, on the SPT “Joining Up Journeys” campaign.
Seems very sensible and logical to me.
The 29-euro transit ticket is coming back to Berlin. And is, as you might expect, in all the mediocre glory of German policymaking.
"A green energy boom is keeping 1.5C in sight"
"Brazil’s highest court found in favour of Indigenous land rights"
"Manchester was abuzz about public transport"
"Scientists made a long Covid breakthrough"
"A safer drug consumption room got the go-ahead in Scotland"
"The world biggest free photo competition announced its winners"
"Cartoonists penned a warm welcome to refugees"
"A study revealed how water fleas could help us clean up our act"
"‘Give people the power to plant trees in public spaces’ – report"
'Rishi Sunak is to prioritise the interests of millions of car owners with a series of measures that will provoke environmentalists and curb the power of local councils.'
'The move would be hugely controversial, setting ministers on a collision course with local authorities, who rely on their powers to keep bus lanes traffic free.'
I will never understand Amtrak's habit of building new "stations" (sometimes literally a bus shelter and a platform), when the original train station is still standing.
In Elyria, OH, using the old station would allow for transfers to Greyhound buses. In Bryan, OH, the old station is literally across the tracks, almost mocking the tiny old Amtrak station. In most cases, the old station is closer to the center of town too.
One for the car-centric-country inhabitants.
“There is more housing for each car in the United States than there is for each person.”
#Publictransport apps really make your movements across town incredibly efficient. I could never have come up with these combos back in the days of paper time tables.
#Gorey #Wexford has some way to go to be #AgeFriendly. In #StormAgnes people waiting for a bus have to take shelter under a tree from the driving rain and wind. I understand that Main St traders objected to a #bus #shelter for the only bus stop in Gorey.
#Arklow has four bus stops, three with shelters.
#publictransport will have to be less of an endurance test, particularly for older people.
#Wexfordbus #buseireann #love_gorey (I miss being able to message them on Twitter.)
Today my four kids went full Enid Blyton, packing themselves a picnic lunch, taking some coins from the change jar and catching the bus to the beach for the day. It was all kinds of wonderful to see them heading off down the street to the bus stop...
I had errands to run in town later, so they caught the bus back and met me there. I said to Kid4, 'Did you have a good time? I was so impressed that you took the bus!'
And he said, 'It was so great! I went swimming, and then I put my towel down on this rock, and I lay down on it and... read my book. It was awesome.'
Must admit I felt a little jealous that I had to work.
Noticed that these tram network maps in refurbished B-class trams are slightly different to the official version.
They seem to be 'stripped back' with all labels and key destinations removed, other than railway stations, water bodies and tram-related features
"The popularity of discounted #publictransport schemes across Europe shows that the public is crying out for solutions such as Luxembourg’s – to help with cost of living crises, traffic congestion, pollution and climate emergency targets." https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/sep/20/all-aboard-can-luxembourgs-free-public-transport-help-save-the-world
It takes approximately 40 minutes to get across from West -> East Reading by bus.
The same journey is ~ 15 by bike (if you disregard the hill in the opposite direction) and similar by car.
Reading is generally good for public transport, but the combination of slow buses that all go via the station, and resulting connections, make this painful.
Can't we have trams (again)? Or just more, better buses with better route connectivity (not hub and spoke!)
Ballooning costs, a kneecapped route ... the #Conservatives have turned a promising national upgrade into an absurdity
#ToryPoliciesInAction #PublicTransport #Infrastructure
Along with nearly 1,000 other railway stations in #England, Ryde is set to lose their facility, part of a recent £10m transformation. Both locals and tourists are incensed
#ClimateCrisis #Sustainability #PublicTransport #ToryPoliciesInAction
The City of Stirling in #Perth has taken delivery of what it says is Australia’s first electric “trackless tram” which will undergo a trial to determine its viability for operations in the city. #publictransport
Auckland Transport ignoring ransom deadline following ticket system hack https://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/133012251/auckland-transport-ignoring-ransom-deadline-following-ticket-system-hack
I live near Manchester, I periodically need to be in London. It's 200 miles / 330km away.
To take the train: £192 (220 EUR) + 3 hours each way.
Bus/Coach: £24 + 5h out, 7h back.
Fly: £127+ 3h each way.
Drive: £40 in petrol + 4h each way.
In France, to go from Paris to La Rochelle (300 miles) would take *3 hours* and cost *£90 / 100 EUR return* by train.
There's literally NO GOOD OPTION.
Just some impressions of yesterdays hike with my wife.
As expected great views. As hoped for not too much people on the trails and really nice weather.
We started at 6:15 and came back at 21:45. A long day. All connections worked flawlessly. Thanks SBB, BLS, ZVV and STI for stress free traveling.
As we all know, renovating railway lines takes time. Especially if they were literally cut through when roadbros were building express roads cheaply and the railway line was in the way, and now a completely new viaduct needs to be built.
However, this doesn't mean that people can't start benefiting from #PublicTransport while that's still being done. So today you can already take a #KolejeDolnośląskie bus from #Rawicz or #Bojanowo train stations, and reach #Góra Śląska stop — where trains are expected to arrive again by 2025/26. What's really important is that the buses follow regular railroad fares, so you can buy one ticket that covers both the train and bus. Or you can just go there if you have a #rail pass.
Unfortunately, the transfers from the direction of #Poznań aren't perfect — they usually involve waiting up to an hour in Bojanowo. The bus drives roughly 20 minutes from Rawicz to Bojanowo, and another 20 minutes from Bojanowo to Góra.
We are finally learning that #deregulation is not the solution to everything. Go #Manchester! #PublicTransport https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2023/sep/23/manchester-to-launch-revolutionary-bee-network-public-bus-system?CMP=share_btn_tw
Locally controlled buses return to Manchester after 37 years
Jeepers Transperth - why on earth are you running W Pattern services for the Joondalup/Mandurah on a Sunday, when there’s the Royal Show, Australia II celebrations, and at least one music festival happening today.
And worse, the W up to Whitfords are departing Perth near absolute empty.
Run All Stops on everything with 8min (~7 tph) frequencies, and you’d make everyone happy plus get out faster.
1/ Pros and cons of trams—15-min. video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OdfjobCLIQ
Pros of trams (vs. buses):
– More durable
– Higher capacity
– No need for fossil fuels or batteries
Above-ground trams are also cheaper to build and maintain than underground trains such as subways.
Today in transport:
Me: "I'll get the bus to the train station"
Helpful person 1: "Oh, but we can give you a lift".
Me: "There's a direct bus, no need for an extra car on the road"
Helpful person 1: "But it's an electric car"
"Thank you, but no thank you".
Helpful person 2, 10 min later: "We'll give you a lift..."
TransJakarta CEO claims the organization will maintain the privacy of customer data collected through its Accounts Based Ticketing system which links an individual’s government identity number with their bus passes that record their journey across the Jakarta bus network.
When even the National Data Center can get breached, why should we trust anyone else in this country claiming to keep our data safe? Not to mention this is large scale public tracking and surveillance
TransJakarta wants to profile each and every passenger on the bus network by linking their government issued identity numbers with their tickets under the guise of targeted subsidy scheme so the haves will not be paying subsidized ticket fares. They also want to know exactly how you travel each day on the network as individuals. If you’re a non Jakarta resident they want to charge you a different fare.
I don’t even know where to begin my outrage https://metro.tempo.co/read/1774854/ada-perbedaan-tarif-transjakarta-bagi-warga-ktp-dki-dan-luar-jakarta-setelah-tiket-berbasis-akun-diberlakukan
So many good things seem to have been scuppered by COVID...
"The business case details four scenarios of a rapid rail service between the Hamilton and Auckland CBDs, with travel times ranging from 1 hour 53 minutes to a pulse-quickening 69 minutes."
Sunak's Net Zero surrender is bad, but the previous plan wasn't enough. When it comes to cars, it isn't enough to just replace every petrol & diesel with an EV.
That would still give us air pollution (from tyres), congestion and road deaths.
Instead we need more e-bikes, public transport, car clubs and car hire.
Finnish Trains Are What the UK Could Have If It Gave a Shit
Crisps from the snack trolley? Try an omelette from the pub carriage.
As early as the mid-1800s, the country began importing rolling stock from England, at the time the global leader in rail technology. Two centuries later, we’re practically still riding steam trains – while Finns are steaming straight into the future.
"Rather than sardining passengers into cramped carriages built to maximise ticket sales, Finnish trains are built for living. Childrearing, work calls, hot meals, having a pint with your mates – all are possible on the Finnish train. The result is that while Brits endure countless hours of mute suffering, Finns actually enjoy travelling by train"
And #Musk even admitted that his #Hyperloop investments were just meant to sabotage #CHSR aka. #CaliforniaHighSpeedRail because like all #Car #industry members, he hates #PublicTransport because otherwise he'd invested in the building #Buses, #Trams and #Trains instead of #Tesla|s...
Now free for all to read... When I arrived at Lyon's Part-Dieu railway station, I headed to the Metro - and had a revelation which catapulted me back to my youth:
Image of the week: Lyon's funky futuristic Metro https://www.patreon.com/posts/image-of-week-87877208
Today's shoutout goes to @mattcaff, who makes excellent videos about the need for better public transport, and sustainable urban planning based on people instead of cars:
If your server hasn't noticed their videos yet, you can see them all at:
They also run a PeerTube server with videos around the world about urbanism and transport:
European governments have “systematically” shrunk their #railways and starved them of funding while pouring money into expanding #roads network. For every €1 governments spent building railways, they spent €1.6 building roads.
Small investments into bike lanes and railways were heavily scrutinised, while investments in roads were taken for granted.
But once again when we look at what Governments have actually been doing behind their pious words on the #climatecrisis, what we find is they've been starving #railways of money, while extending the #road networks across #Europe.
Our political class (not just in the UK) just cannot seem to grasp the seriousness of the problem! https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/sep/19/european-governments-railways-road-building-report-motorways-funding-rail
Sarah O'Connor asks in the FT, why don't people leave rubbish (exploitative) #jobs... & suggests some answers:
Fear the next job will be worse;
The sunk costs of building a relationship with a manager who allocates hours (in #zerohours contract);
#publictransport limits the choice of locations you can feasibly work;
fear of disrupting vital #benefits payments while shifting jobs;
Benefits rules also declare leaving a job due to low pay is not a 'good reason' leading to 3 month 'sanction'!
Talking about #Metra: did you know that the #logo uses a #typeface named Crillee?
The italic wordmark is in use ever since the commuter rail system for the #Chicago metropolitan area got a unifying identity in 1985.
What is known to work is to make #PublicTransport work...
Because even the most space-and resource-efficient low-occupancy vehicle will get sqashed by #EconomyOfScale a working #MassTransit system with #Buses, #Trams and #Metros can do without even changing much of it's core workings...
Taking kid and 4 friends for birthday treat today. Half the other parents have cars but I'm taking them on the bus (hard to fit 5 kids in a normal car legally even if I wanted to). It will take maybe 15 mins longer than driving. We're lucky to live in a city with good public transport but even so it wasn't my first choice, in spite of never owning a car, maybe because I grew up with cars as first option? Normalising this stuff is hard even in #Copenhagen.
Blog: Comparing Melbourne travel demand data with PT timetable data shows weekends are woefully under-serviced compared to weekdays. https://danielbowen.com/2023/09/16/pt-services-vs-travel-demand/ #Melbourne #PublicTransport
➡️ Streets Alive Darebin Newsletter September 2023
Yarra Transport Action Plan survey open for feedback
✔️ Encourage sustainable transport
✔️ Create a more accessible city
✔️ Promote a healthy and active lifestyle
✔️ Reduce transport emissions
Survey open to 9am Monday 16 October 2023: https://yoursayyarra.com.au/transport-action-plan
Crowded trains are a government choice. Trains are really efficient and cheap to run. You have to severely under fund trains for them to be crowded.
It's always worth bearing in mind that industries always put their own spin on anything related to mitigating #ClimateChange
The #Climate Denier's Playbook podcast asks will Electric Cars Will Save Us?
Spoiler alert at the end of this post.
Episode webpage: https://art19.com/shows/the-climate-deniers-playbook
Will EVs mitigate climate change? Yes! If we don't have too many of them.
I made a longer-form article on the #electric #interurban lines that were once found all over the #USA. I felt that a lot of people don't know about them, so this #article talks a bit about their #history and role in the US.
Innovations for buses:
– “bus rapid transit – buses that run in dedicated lanes, with streamlined boarding systems and priority at traffic signals”
– “bi-articulated buses, which are extra-long with flexible connectors that let the buses bend around corners”
– “contactless payment systems, which speed up the boarding process”
#PublicTransport #PublicTransit #Urbanism
Mother & child, both newcomers to the city, didn't know to push the rear door open to get off a #bus... (They're Chinese like me. In East Asia, the exiting doors are opened by the driver. And yes, I did help them out.) I'm wondering if those driver-activated customer-operated doors have any real benefit over having the driver open the exit doors? It appears to increase the time needed to deboard, which seems too much over the supposed benefit of discouraging some fare evasion... #PublicTransport
This week, I had a second go at collecting every single one of the Taipei MRT station stamps in one day.
What are station stamps? Many places in Taiwan (museums, railway stations, temples, even some restaurants), have unique rubber stamps that visitors can ink up and collect in a notebook. If you hunt around every MRT station in Taipei, you’ll find one. They’re usually kept close to the ticket barriers nearest the staffed help desk, and most are located outside the ticket barriers in the unpaid area of the station.
When the new TPass (a travel pass which gives you access to all MRT stations, train stations, buses and YouBikes across Taipei, New Taipei, Keelung and Taoyuan for NT$1200/month) was released, I decided to try and visit every single MRT station in one day. I failed. But that first attempt made me even more sure that it was possible, and determined to give it a second shot.
So that’s how I spent my day off this week. It took me almost exactly 17 hours to collect every single stamp, and in the process of doing so, I travelled over 180km. It is not something I am ever planning on doing again. (But I’ve heard there will be a new stop on the red line in the not too distant future…)
#Taipei #MRT #metro #TaipeiMRT #台北捷運 #Travel #TravelTaiwan #TravelChallenge #StampCollecting #VisitTaiwan #PublicTransport #PublicTransportation #PublicTransit #travelblogger #TravelTheWorld
Indonesia Train Company representative addressed the lack of height of the LRT carriage doors that a lot of people have complained about.
They said that the construction of the LRT carriages considered the average height of Indonesian adults to be 160cm. Anyone who’s 175cm or taller will have to duck upon entering or exiting the carriages.
The average height of all adult Indonesian men is 168, women is 159 according to the the Statistics Bureau. However, younger Indonesians are more likely to be taller.
So rather than accommodate for the taller population, they took the route of the average and annoyed thousands.
If you think (rightly) that any real attempt to meet #netzero requires a major element of #publictransport then the plight of the UK's cities is indicative of our coming failure to effect anything that might plausibly look like a #greentransition.
The questions are:
how can we reverse decades of under-investment & car-focussed policies in the time we have left to have any chance of ameliorating the #ClimateCrisis?
and can our creaking #bus system take up the slack?
It does not look good!