Friday, August 19, 2022
By Martyn Bradbury, Daily Blog, August 19, 2022 (Abridged)
The time for Free Public Transport as a solution to the climate crisis is now.
We urgently need to shift people out of private transport and onto public transport.
This would have an enormous benefit on the poorest amongst us who pay 20% of their wage on transport while taking vast numbers of people off the roads in their cars.
We must nationalise our public transport fleet and look at vast new investment inside cities and intercity.
That includes a vast upgrade on rail.
The Truck industry have had political dominance for too long.
Rather than continue to subside the NZ Trucking Mafia, we should subsidise public transport.
The floods you are seeing, the scorching temperatures, the heat waves – ALL of this is happening at speeds and jumps in temperature far outside where Scientists were expecting.
The climate crisis is here and we aren’t ready.
New China crisis poses fresh global threat as ‘extreme’ disaster unfolds
China is facing its most extreme heatwave in 60 years – and the impact is set to be felt worldwide.
Severe heat and drought has plagued the world’s second-biggest economy for weeks on end, with temperatures soaring above 40C in a string of large cities.
As a result, the unprecedented demand for airconditioning has caused the power grid to buckle, while the drought has also reduced water levels and therefore the ability to generate electricity at hydropower plants.
It’s a nightmare scenario for the nation of 1.4 billion, and has seen some provinces resort to drastic measures.
Free public transport and vast upgrade of that infrastructure is a solution and part of the future’.(Abridged)
Friday, July 29, 2022
Free Fares NZ announcement, 29 July 2022
On Thursday morning, the Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) Annual General Meeting passed a remit supporting our call for central Government to fund free public transport for under-25’s, tertiary students, Community Services Card Holders, and Total Mobility Card holders and their support people.
Having the largest local government association back our ask is a big moment for our kaupapa.
One of our organisers Mika Hervel says “Free Fares is not a fringe idea. It is not absurd, or even unrealistic. Every day, more and more people are backing our calls to central Government and the support of LGNZ’s remit this morning is indication that this is no longer a partisan issue. The Government should act now.”
By Sandy Smith, NextCity, 27 July 2022
Kansas City, Missouri, made national headlines in the fall of 2019 when its city council voted unanimously to become America’s first large city to make public transportation free citywide. Now, two and a half years later, anyone living anywhere in the city can ride buses without paying a fare.
How has that worked out for the riders and the city?
Survey data shows the move has largely been successful in advancing local transit equity – though it also highlights what remains to be done to allow all Kansas Citians equal access to the sprawling metropolitan area.
A study conducted as part of the Urban League of Greater Kansas City’s annual “State of Black Kansas City” report last year asked 1,686 riders for their feedback on what Zero Fare has enabled them to do. The responses show how a Zero Fare policy makes a big difference in these riders’ ability to exercise the so-called “right to the city.”
Almost 90% of the riders surveyed said they rode the buses more as a result of Zero Fare. About 92% said it allowed them to shop for food more often; 88% said they could see their healthcare providers more easily or more often; 82% said it allowed them to get or keep a job; and 86% said it made them feel like city leadership is concerned about their needs — a sore subject for mostly-Black East Side residents, who often complain that the city pays more attention to its whiter and more affluent west side.
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Monday, July 25, 2022
Monday, July 11, 2022
We are fortunate to live in a beautiful city that's home to vibrant communities, boasts destination parks, beaches, eateries and more. It's a place we call home and one we're proud of. But its traffic problems are crippling our productivity and choking the joy out of our city.
That's why my plan for better and more accessible public transport is a plan that puts the future of Auckland first.
My five-point plan includes:
- fares free public transport
- an expanded and more frequent network
- support for electric ferries and integration of ferries into the network
- rolling out Auckland Transport’s parking strategy equitably
- ensuring two councillors sit on Auckland Transport's board so Auckland Council’s vision for a better connected city can be realised.
Friday, July 8, 2022
Thursday, June 30, 2022
Press Release: First Union
New polling out this morning confirms that Aucklanders overwhelmingly support fare free public transport. These results follow the release of a report jointly co-commissioned by FIRST Union and the NZ Public Service Association Te Kauae Kaimahi, making the case for fare free public transport.
"Working class communities in Tamaki Makaurau are doing it tough, as rising costs follow on from a brutal pandemic period. Fare free public transport will reduce costs for many families, putting climate action within reach," said Louisa Jones, FIRST Union Assistant General Secretary.
"Universal free public services are a great way to alleviate financial pressure on low income families without creating further inflationary impacts. Fare free public transport is an ideal pandemic recovery policy at this point in time."
"Bus drivers are proud to be able to do their part to help our communities get by, but low wages and poor working conditions are impacting driver recruitment and retention."
"Implementing fare free public transport will have to be accompanied by real improvements in bus driver remuneration and working conditions."
The poll of 772 Aucklanders, commissioned by mayoral candidate Efeso Collins and conducted throughout June by Talbot Mills, showed 73% of people support making public transport permanently free. Just 7% of those surveyed opposed making public transport permanently free, with 17% neutral and 4% unsure.
The poll also revealed strong support for fares-free public transport across the political spectrum, with a majority of National and ACT voters (63%) supporting fares-free public transport. 78% of respondents living in central Auckland favoured fares-free public transport.