Re: The No Place place

The reason for the fare-free zone in any city is to encourage people who
insist on driving to the centre to park on the periphery and not congest
the city centre with traffic. This also means that there are less cars on
the road, public transport gets a freer run in the centre and patronage
increases (usually massively), which is only a good thing. Not many seem to
understand the reasons for fare-free central area public transport
distributor services. There are such fare-free services or entire zones in
10 cities in Australia and scores of them overseas.

Also don't assume that fare-free means revenue-free. Most of these services
are funded from a number of sources, not simply general revenue. In Perth,
Melbourne and Sydney there is a parking space levy that is used to finance
such services. In other examples, local councils and universities
contribute to the funding. Wider benefits (including city revival) underlie
the justification for such services and there are also many directly
attributable benefits.

Tony P

On Monday, 14 May 2018 21:58:50 UTC+10, Richard Youl wrote:

> And it’s an area full of residents who never pay a fare if working in the

> city.


> What a foolish decision to include Docklands in the free fare zone.


> Regards,


> On 14 May 2018, at 9:50 pm, Mal Rowe mal....@... <javascript:>>

> wrote:


> I had occasion to visit Melbourne's docklands area today and felt like I

> was in another city.


> The attached view looks down the western end of Collins St, but it's a far

> cry from the grand wide street that has been the pride of Melbourne for so

> many years.


> This part of Collins St, on the site of the old railway yards beyond

> Spencer St, is a mere laneway meandering between office blocks devoid of

> any inspiring design values.


> It is bounded by small shops whose only customers are bored bank and

> insurance employees from the boring buildings on their boring lunch break..


> The green mound at left might have looked nice on some design pad, but it

> serves no useful purpose for people in the area.


> Mal Rowe - given Vic Urban an F- for design


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