The French government expects the Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vest) protests in Paris this weekend could be more violent than ever, despite President Emmanuel Macron buckling on fuel tax hikes. The Élysée Palace, seat of President Emmanuel Macron, announced to French media they are expecting “great violence” on Saturday as Yellow Vest protestors have announced “Act IV” of their nearly four-week-long protest against the Macron regime that was initially sparked by a rise in fuel taxes, franceinfo reports.According to the Élysée, they expect “a hard core of several thousand people” to arrive in Paris on Saturday with the intent to “break and kill.” Yellow vests (Gilets jaunes) protesters block the road leading to the Frontignan oil depot in the south of France, as they demonstrate against the rise in fuel prices and the cost of living on December 3, 2018 / PASCAL GUYOT/AFP/Getty Images) The government … [Read more...] about ‘Great Violence’ in Paris Anticipated as Police Staff Join Macron Protests
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Updated 8:27 am PST, Tuesday, December 4, 2018 A miner's orchestra march and play around the Nikiszowiec estate to celebrate Barborka Miner's Day, or St. Barbara's Day, in Katowice Nikiszowiec, Poland, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. Traditionally an orchestra of miners woke the mine managers at sunrise by playing in the street. less A miner's orchestra march and play around the Nikiszowiec estate to celebrate Barborka Miner's Day, or St. Barbara's Day, in Katowice Nikiszowiec, Poland, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. Traditionally an orchestra of ... more Photo: Czarek Sokolowski, AP Photo: Czarek Sokolowski, AP Image 1 of / 9 Caption Close Image 1 of 9 A miner's orchestra march and play around the Nikiszowiec estate to celebrate Barborka Miner's Day, or St. Barbara's Day, in Katowice … [Read more...] about The Latest: Poland to invest in cleaner public transport
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?
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