Friday, April 1, 2016

Free bus passes for newcomers to Medicine Hat suggested

Medicine Hat News: "Free bus passes for newcomers to Medicine Hat was suggested by Martha Munz Gue in a letter to the editor this week.

Gue makes some interesting points about how this could establish a habit that would ultimately increase revenue for the city’s transit service. That would mean less subsidy from municipal taxpayers in the long run. Free bus passes could also be offered to the unemployed temporarily to help them on a limited income, Gue suggested.

There are some cities in Canada that actually have a couple days a year when travelling on the bus is totally free for everyone. It provides an opportunity to experience the service and determine how it would facilitate getting them to work, grocery shopping, etc."

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Alberta government launches transit strategy consultations

Edmonton Journal : "“Public transportation provides options for people to connect to their communities, workplaces, services, recreation centres and so on. It helps people get where they need to go by providing safe, affordable, accessible and environmentally sustainable transportation options,” Mason said. 

The province has created an online public survey for Albertans to give their feedback until April 29. "

Friday, October 30, 2015

Capitalism response to collapse, borrow more, invest in growth and high-tech fight over crumbs.

Edmonton Journal: "There were plenty of goodies for Calgary. The government has budgeted $830 million for a new cancer treatment centre, to be built on the Foothills Hospital campus, right where Calgarians wanted it. The budget also promised what looks like the better part of $3 billion for Calgary’s Southwest Ring Road. The budget also includes $100 million in new money for Calgary and other communities along the Elbow River for flood mitigation."
More of the same in the face of collapse. Oil price too low to make profit and generate tax revenue. But when oil price was high, it was killing growth. So now capitalists fight over crumbs and degrowth not even considered. Probably more cancer will be caused in the building of a high-tech cancer center than will ever be cured by it.

Solution, make buses fare-free and stop wasting money on cars.

Monday, September 14, 2015

City considers free transit for vulnerable Edmonton youth "City staff say they’ve worked closely with several youth-serving organizations over the past few months on the Vulnerable Youth in Transit Project.

According to a proposal, which will be discussed at a Community Services meeting on Monday, Edmonton Transit is committed to providing 100 transit passes to vulnerable youth for the months of October 2015 to March 2016."

Monday, April 6, 2015

Tarsands to get more welfare, #autosprawlsubsidy

Alberta needs to protect jobs, petroleum group says - "CALGARY, Alberta, April 3 (UPI) -- The right investment and budget decisions need to be in place in order to keep the oil and gas sector in Alberta thriving, a Canadian petroleum group said."

Friday, May 9, 2014

Less costly transit pass suggested for lower income Edmontonians "EDMONTON – The transit advisory board recommended Wednesday that a less expensive pass for the Edmonton Transit System (ETS) should be available to low income passengers.

If accepted by city council, the monthly pass would cost $35. That is the amount paid by people on AISH (Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped) for their monthly pass."

Friday, February 28, 2014

Open Streets Calgary joining forces 2014!

facebook event : "What could the community achieve if there was more cooperation between organizations? Through collaboration and facilitation we aim to raise awareness about all the various pedestrian, cycling, and other alternative transportation programs that are currently in action within this city. For example the 'Open Streets' Arusha initiative will only work if more community groups are involved and support our efforts.

So what does your organization do and how can we collaborate? How can we make our organizations even more effective this coming Summer!

We will also have a few speakers organized to get the event off to a positive start!

Tracey Braun from Calgary Car Share will be presenting!"