While it might sound outlandish for a major capital city to introduce free public transport, it's an idea Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has been keen to explore. But the question on everyone's lips is, can the French capital really afford to let its residents travel on buses, trams, the Metro and RER for free? When did the idea first come about? In March, Hidalgo said she was commissioning a study to look into the possibility of making the French capital's public transport network free for everyone. In an interview with French newspaper Les Echos at the time she said "the question of free transport is one of the keys to urban mobility in which the place of pollution-causing cars is no longer central. Many cities are looking into it." Hidalgo said the radical move would only be done if it was economically viable. The results of the study she commissioned are due to be made public in mid-October. READ ALSO: Who is for it? Even though Hildalgo admitted back in March that there … [Read more...] about Is free public transport really a possibility in Paris?
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For new visitors to the German capital - or indeed any German city - the first interactions with the public transport infrastructure can be surprising. Unlike most other major cities in the world, there are no barricades or gates through which passengers must shuffle while scanning their cards, tickets or tokens. Berlin’s public transport network runs largely on a ‘trust-based system’, where passengers are encouraged to buy tickets on the platform but face no physical barriers. Fare evading is enforced by teams of roving ticket checkers who operate on random or not so random routes, handing out on-the-spot fines to miscreants. New evidence suggests that not only is this system more efficient, less costly and safer, but that the system does not actually lead to fare evasion as logic would otherwise suggest. Recent studies from Norway and San Francisco have indicated that the removal of barriers does not actually lead to an increase in fare evasion. … [Read more...] about Why Berlin’s public transport payment system might just be more modern than London’s
Lyft today announced it’s redesigning its rider app to put more emphasis on sharing your ride — and to remind you the bus is also available. What it is: Among other new features, Lyft announced it would offer more options for users to share rides with each other if they’re going to the same destination. The app automatically compares prices between the options. This new mode is a successor to Lyft Line, the daily carpooling feature that allowed you to ride with people going your way for a discounted price. According to its press release, the company plans to make at least half of all Lyft rides Shared by the end of 2020. Another major part of the redesign is integrating with public transit. Now, when you enter your destination within the app, you’ll see options for taking public transport either part or all of the way there. The first two places integrated into Lyft’s options are Marin County and Santa Monica, both in California. The new app is live for … [Read more...] about Lyft’s new app focuses on carpooling and public transport
Here's an app you might find useful in case you rely on public transportation to commute around town – Transit. Now available on both iOS and Android, this handy piece of software can provide the schedules and itineraries of busses, trains, and metros nearby. And if you aren't sure how to reach your desired destination, the app can give you the quickest way to get there using whatever means of public transport are available. In some cities, Transit can display real-time data about departure times and vehicle location. Routes are available for use offline as well, meaning that you don't necessarily need a constant internet connection in order to use the app's features.As of this writing, Transit works in 43 cities, including New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington, Atlanta, Seattle, Boston, and Dallas. Several major locations in Canada are in the app's database as well, including Montréal, Toronto, Vancouver, Québec, and Ottawa. … [Read more...] about Transit public transportation app lands on Android
image First things first - landing at the international CDG airport, you might be intimidated at its size and level complexity. The official airport app can geolocate your position at the airport - even inside - and guide you to your POI there, showing you the walking route, and swapping levels with ease, regardless if you are looking for the metro station, parking lot, information desk, coffee shop, boutique, or just your gate. My Way Aéroports de Paris https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fr.aeroportsdeparis.myway&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImZyLmFlcm9wb3J0c2RlcGFyaXMubXl3YXkiXQ.. image Next up - getting there - Paris's narrow cobbled streets in the most interesting areas presuppose using the well-developed public transport system, and metro is perhaps the best way to travel longer distances around Paris. Metro 01 (Paris) … [Read more...] about Best Android travel apps: discover Paris for the holidays