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Replacing public vehicles in cities with Electronic Train
Margaret, can you give a bit more background on your suggestion? Why are you proposing to replace public vehicles with electronic trains? Why not replace private vehicles?
The only place I know that is relatively jam free is Singapore. It regulates who can buy a car through auction of rights (bidding may drive this up to more than the cost of the car!), levies congestion charges by road and time of day, provides inexpensive excellent public transportion with an MRT, buses and taxi service.
I live in Shanghai where they have a similar system for the last 15 years. The auction price is much cheaper though than in Singapore where the price is $50,000. (Shanghai is now $ 10,000).
It would be very nice to start this discussion on travel demand management measures. If anyone can comment, there is always a question about whether one should do policies that restrict car property or use? Which would you favor? Sometimes I like to say I favor charging both property and use!
decongeting the cities through introduction of parking lots outside cities and availability of buses to ferry people
Great! Other ideas are also welcome!
Functional and efficient public mode of transportation in urban centres with maximum restriction of private vehicles will ensure jam free cities. The BRT and Lag Bus system in Lagos state is a real life example. All that need to be done is to discourage every individual to buying a personal car.
It might be of interest to take a look at Enrique Penalosa talking about this topic http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6KCcyNARNc
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