Friday, February 6, 2015

South Padre Island, Texas #freetransit a success

Transport plans move forward » Port Isabel-South Padre Press: "During the Form Based Code workshop on Jan. 22, the City Council came to the consensus to further develop the current draft transportation plan which has been in the works since 2010. The original idea of the transportation plan was to create a multiple mode plan that considers not only cars, but also the city bus system, bike lanes, sidewalks, and parking. The SPI Public Transit Department has made significant strides in the past few years with the growth and success of the Wave, the city’s free transportation service, as well as the groundbreaking of the Multi-Modal Facility last November.  Transit Director Jesse Arriaga attended Wednesday evening’s City Council meeting to present some Public Transit projects for approval."

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Good list of free buses in Penang, Malaysia

Insider: "The MPPP (Penang Municipal Council) Rapid Penang CAT (central area transit) free shuttle bus service, launched in January 2009, covers the ferry terminal at Weld Quay to Jalan Penang. It also covers the George Town Unesco World Heritage City's core and buffer zones.

More recently, a similar free shuttle service was extended to Pulau Tikus. Fully sponsored by popular local malls Gurney Plaza and Gurney Paragon, the free Rapid Penang loop shuttle bus service offers transport between the two premier shopping outlets and around the Pulau Tikus area, with the aim to help reduce traffic congestion.

Rapid Penang also runs the Rapid BEST (Bridge Express Shuttle Transit), a free service that aims to reduce the volume of traffic travelling across the Penang Bridge to the Free Industrial Zone in Bayan Lepas on the island."

Friday, December 19, 2014

Transit ‘Lift’ arrives at South Nevada County mobile home parks - #freetransit

TheUnion.com: "For the first time, free public bus transportation is now available to residents of five mobile home parks along Highway 49 south of Grass Valley and north of Alta Sierra."

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Skuodas approves free public transport (Lithuania) | Eltis

Eltis: "A local official said that by making public transport free they will improve the environment in the city for citizens. Car ownership in Skuodas is high and it is hoped that a free bus service will encourage more people to use the buses, thereby reducing car traffic and air pollution within the city."


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Yet another town in France adopts #freetransit

A new city going to free public transport: "It was an election promise of the mayor, the town of Gaillac in the Tarn (13,629 people) will to free transport on September 13. Gaillac French will be the 26th city to pass to the free public transport ."

Monday, September 15, 2014

Georgetown, Guyana, Ministry starts free public transport system

Stabroek News: "The Ministry of Public Works says it has implemented a free public transportation system to reduce the long wait citizens endure on a daily basis. In a release today, the Ministry said that the initiative began on Saturday, September 13, 2014.

Four 44-seater buses are working various routes, the release added. Minister of Public Works, Robeson Benn, will be meeting with the contractors of the buses today at 4.30 pm at the Stabroek Market Bus Park, the release said."

Saturday, September 6, 2014

常宁:一座“穷城” 五年免费公交-搜狐财经 - Five years #freetransit in Changning

常宁:一座“穷城” 五年免费公交-搜狐财经: "2012年,常宁市公交车事故平均每月不足3起,多为轻微刮擦事故,全年无伤亡事故。
  有市民说,此前一家六口公交费用上千,现在全都省下了。
  2008年起,常宁公交开始免费,成为全国首个实行公交免费的县城,如今时近五年。此举每年为市民节省出行开支3300万。
  政府魄力何在?他们是怎样做到的?发轫何处?钱从何来?
  本月,三湘华声记者赴常宁调查,寻访免费公交的幕后故事。记者 戴鹏"