Zminijietna calls for free weekend bus programme to be introduced

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Zminijietna calls for free weekend bus programme to be introducedZminijietna has appeals to the Government to consider introducing a free weekend bus programme in Budget 2019

The left think tank organisation said that this will compliment with the various measures introduced by the Government with regards to free public transport.

“Subsidising public transport, while encouraging the operator to invest more in the running of the service should be the way forward,” it said.

“Low-income families and foreign workers will mostly benefit from this measure. This will also discourage people from owning a car,” added Zminijietna.

“Estonia created the world’s largest fare-free public transport network, allowing both locals and visitors to travel from one end of the country to the other without paying a cent,” it said.

“There are currently about 100 free-transportation experiments under way around the world, including a free weekend bus programme in Wales, UK,” stated Zminijietna – Voice of the Left.

Photograph by Alain Salvary

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    1. tamworthterry says:

      Worth a try, but would it take cars off the road

    2. Anthony Zammit says:

      “There are currently about 100 free-transportation experiments under way around the world, including a free weekend bus programme in Wales, UK,” stated Zminijietna – Voice of the Left. Wales and any other country is not Malta. In the weekend the elderly stay at home waiting for their children and grand children to go and visit them. Buses will be full of tourists going around Malta and families going out to visit their parents will find it nearly impossible to find room in the same bus. It is not nice and also dangerous that children will stand in the isle. Why doesn’t ‘Zminijietna’ introduce ‘Mondays’ as a free Bus Program day? Or better still, select time slots to be free but not only on Monday but from Monday to Friday, say 6.00am. till 10.00 am and 3.00pm. till 5.00pm for people to go and come back from work. I am sure that someone will ask what about workers who do shift work or night shift. And I answer, no one solution is 100% proof; at least a big number of car owners will have the opportunity to leave their car at home.

      Another idea would be that special ‘Tal-Linja’ cards will be programmed that if used between certain hours they will be charged a ‘token’ charge like 5c. These cards will be issued to workers but not tourists. If the programmer can handle it, it could be programmed that Tourists will be charged cheaper if they travel after 10.00am so they will be urged to travel after the demand on buses will be lessened.

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