Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Québec solidaire veut la gratuité du transport en commun

Québec solidaire veut la gratuité du transport en commun | Lia Lévesque | Élections Québec 2014: "Dans son plan pour Montréal, Québec solidaire veut rendre le transport en commun gratuit d'ici dix ans, en commençant par abaisser le prix des cartes mensuelles."

Réseau pour un transport en commun gratuit - RTCGratuit

Réseau pour un transport en commun gratuit - RTCGratuit: "Un bon système de transport en commun n’est pas un privilège, c’est un droit qui découle du droit à la mobilité. Toutes les personnes doivent pouvoir se déplacer dans la ville selon leurs besoins, entre autres pour avoir accès au travail et aux services, peu importe leurs moyens. Le développement de la ville autour de l’automobile a rendu la mobilité dépendante d’un bien de consommation particulièrement coûteux. Un transport en commun accessible est un élément clé de la liberté de circulation."

Sunday, April 20, 2014

David Suzuki calls for a war on cars. Hey David, join us! We're at the front.

davidsuzuki.org: "In railing against everything from bike lanes to transit spending, pundits and politicians often raise the spectre of a "war on cars." Of course, there is no war on cars — but there should be."

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Les opposants à la gratuité

carfree france : "La gratuité des transports en commun en milieu urbain est un phénomène qui, tout en restant encore marginal, tend à se développer sur la période récente. Aujourd’hui, on compte en France une vingtaine de villes ou d’agglomérations qui ont instauré la gratuité totale des transports en commun. Bien mieux, certaines villes où la gratuité existe depuis plus de 20 ans n’ont pas l’intention de changer de modèle. Par ailleurs, lors des dernières élections municipales de 2014 de nombreux candidats, de droite comme de gauche, ont proposé d’instaurer la gratuité des transports en commun."

Friday, April 11, 2014

Free transit: Three reasons it is an idea whose time has come

rabble.ca: "Free transit is an idea whose time has come and there are three truly significant reasons it needs to be front and centre as an ultimate objective in any left municipal agenda in Canada."

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Green Party of Quebec calls for #freetransit

L’énorme financement public du réseau routier équivaut à une subvention directe pour ce mode de transport. En ce moment les utilisateurs du transport en commun financent le réseau routier via leurs impôts et leurs taxes municipales. Il faut donc rétablir l'équilibre en renforçant l'aspect utilisateur-payeur (via la taxe sur l'essence, sur le stationnement ou encore par des péages), ce qui nous permettra de mieux financer le transport en commun, qui est beaucoup plus efficace en termes environnementaux mais aussi économiques. Pour changer notre économie actuelle, nous avons besoin d’éliminer progressivement notre dépendance au pétrole et à l’industrie de l’automobile privée. Selon nous, le Québec devrait procéder à l’expansion drastique du réseau de transport en commun, tout en abolissent les tarifs dès 2016. La gratuité des transports en commun nous permettra de réduire le nombre de voitures sur les routes, et d’alléger les coûts d’entretien du réseau routier. Éliminons les subventions aux automobilistes, et construisons un système de transport adéquat et gratuit pour tous.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Société de transport de Laval | Free public transit for seniors in Laval

newswire.ca : ""We estimate that approximately 2,300 seniors in Laval currently benefit from reduced fares with the STL. In addition to giving them a little more financial leeway, this measure will also help our seniors to be more mobile and independent. It's also a step forward in ensuring equality between individuals and generations" says Marc Demers. This measure is also dovetails with the city's recent positioning as a Senior Friendly City (Municipalité amie des aînés - MADA)."

Monday, March 17, 2014

Transports en commun: 88% des Québécois veulent plus d'investissements

National: "Les Québécois sont quasi unanimes à penser qu'il faut investir davantage dans les transports en commun, y compris ceux qui ne les utilisent pas. Selon un sondage CROP réalisé pour le compte de l'Association du transport urbain du Québec (ATUQ) en janvier dernier, 88% des répondants, usagers ou non, ont estimé qu'il était «assez» ou «très» important de mettre plus d'argent dans ces services."

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Should be no surprise, #tarsand cancer threat underestimated

Oil sands development in Northern Alberta(Credit: Christopher Kolaczan/Shutterstock)
Salon.com: "Its impact on the environment and climate change aside — something that environmentalists say was at once acknowledged and yet underestimated by the State Department’s impact report — the Keystone XL pipeline has been linked to a potential human health risk. According to a study released Monday, the Canadian government critically underestimated emissions of a carcinogenic toxin from the country’s oil sands."

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Advocates argue free transit benefits us all

Georgia Straight, Vancouver's News & Entertainment Weekly: "DAVE OLSEN HAS an idea for how to get Metro Vancouver voters engaged in a transit referendum.

Let’s talk about a system where everyone rides free, the environmental consultant suggests.

After all, except for the tolled Golden Ears and Port Mann bridges, roads are free. Yet like transit, car-oriented infrastructure is paid for with tax dollars, noted the former Vancouver resident, who is based on Lasqueti Island.

“Transit is the only mode of transportation that really has a toll,” Olsen told the Georgia Straight in a phone interview. “You can drive anywhere you want for free. And you can bike anywhere you want. And walk anywhere you want.”"

Monday, January 27, 2014

Oil companies struggle to make a buck since peak of cheap oil in 2005

Why turning a buck isn't easy anymore for oil's biggest players - The Globe and Mail: "The reason for such stagnant market performance comes down to the cost of both discovering new oil reserves and getting it out of the ground. According to the International Energy Agency’s 2013 World Energy Outlook, global exploration spending has increased by 180 per cent since 2000, while global oil supplies have risen by only 14 per cent. That’s a pretty low batting average.

Shell’s quest for new reserves has seen it pump billions into money-devouring plays such as its Athabasca Oil Sands Project in northern Alberta and the Kashagan oilfield, a deeply troubled project in Kazakhstan. It has even tried deep water drilling in the high Arctic. That attempt ended when the stormy waters of the Chukchi Sea crippled its Kulluk drilling platform, forcing the company to pull up stakes."



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Thursday, January 23, 2014

More Crude Oil Spilled on rail in 2013 Than Previous Four Decades Combined

The Contributor: "More crude oil spilled from train accidents in 2013 alone than in the previous four decades combined—an alarming number reported by McClatchy News on Monday that points towards a drastic shift in the highly toxic, yet growing, crude oil business to rail transport."

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Why #carsharing and #bikesharing are a step in the right direction

Car sharing companies are growing. With public transit and bike sharing, car sharing allows people to live without owning a car.

The auto system is a very complex system that is uneconomic. In other words, it cannot afford to provide its service for the amount that people can afford to pay. Consequently it survives with heavy subsidy. Justifying the subsidy requires that the system have critical mass -- that it is seen as the "only" way to move people.

Car sharing depresses demand for new cars. This weakens one part of the complex system, creating a need for more subsidy. Eventually critical mass will be lost and the subsidy will be seen as a burden instead of necessity.

Could you have written this post? Yes, of course you could. Economics is not difficult, it is just full of disinformation. Contact fpteditors at gmail dot com and become a freetransit blogger.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Public transit is the solution to traffic problems

NPD du Canada: "“We must do something to reduce traffic, and public transit is the logical response to an economic and environmental problem,” said Stéphane Moraille, the NDP’s candidate in Bourassa. “It’s not normal that a worker in Bourassa who lives in downtown Montreal has to spend more than an hour in transit to get to work.”"

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Projet Montreal - call for #freetransit was a big electoral success

marxist.com : "Another key plank that should be highlighted in Projet Montreal’s election platform is the call for free public transportation.  During the municipal election in 2009, in Plateau-Mont-Royal, the local campaign went further than the central campaign wished. Rumours circulated that activists had been told by the Projet Montreal head office not to bring up the demand for free public transportation, although it is in the party program. In Plateau-Mont-Royal, the campaign centred on this demand, even going so far as to distribute fliers shaped like metro passes that advertised it to every home in the borough. The result is undeniable proof that promises that have a real effect on the living conditions of workers are effective. Projet Montreal captured every single borough council seat, every single city council seat, and the borough mayoralty in the Plateau. The major part of the party’s gains in the election came precisely from Plateau-Mont-Royal and their platform of free public transportation. And, all of this has to be put into the context that prior to the election, Projet Montreal only held one seat across the island of Montreal."

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