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France will 'ban all petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040'

France plans to ban all petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040, the country's new environment minister has announced.

Nicolas Hulot made the announcement as he unveiled a series of measures as part of newly elected President Emmanuel Macron's plan to make the country carbon neutral by 2050. 

Mr Hulot said he recognised the target would put pressure on France's car manufacturers, but he said they currently had projects which "can fulfil that promise"....

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Hamilton transit doesn’t need privatization

An arm's length commission would solve HSR's problems — not privatization.

As an HSR bus driver for almost 29 years, and the president of ATU 107 — which represents HSR employees — I'm all too familiar with HSR's shortcomings.

Schedules haven't kept up with demands. Large parts of the city are under-served. Holidays, weekends and special-event service is often lacking.

The HSR, under city management, clearly does not work as well as it could and has not kept up with the growing need for transit in our city. Whether this is a problem of bad hiring choices by HR management, or meddling from city bureaucrats, the result is the same. The HSR needs to be a lot better than it is today.

But just because you don't like the direction of the school board, doesn't mean the solution is to privatize public schools.

The Liberals have already privatized Hydro. Should we add privatized health care, too? No.

The HSR belongs to us. All of us. We own it. And because we own it, we can change it....

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This isn't exactly about "free" transit, but it's about less expensive transit, and it kind of makes sense.

Here is what the TTC should do instead of killing the two-hour transfer on St. Clair

On St. Clair, the TTC has been in the midst of a semi-permanent pilot project for the past dozen years where different rules apply: instead of covering a single trip in a single direction, a transfer is good for two hours of travel on the St. Clair line. If you live near St. Clair, you can go to the grocery store, do your shopping, and return home, all on the same fare. You can hop off, visit a newsstand, hop back on and then get off at the café, then get back on and go to the subway. Or whatever you like. One fare is good for two hours of travel.

If you hop off the streetcar to grab a newspaper at your favouite newsstand, then hop back on, it's not like it costs the TTC something extra.  It is a bit perverse that you can travel the entire length of the east-west subway line, pretty much from Etobicoke to Scarborough, on one fare, but if you take a two block trip on a bus, get off, then get back on for two more blocks, it costs you two fares.

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The Ontario Liberals are privatizing your public transit, but there’s still time to stop them and Keep Transit Public!

How is this happening?

Metrolinx, the provincial arm’s length transit planning organization, is only accepting bids from companies that can supply ALL components of the new Hamilton LRT line.

The components of the bid are: Finance, Design, Build, Operate and Maintain. (FDBOM).

Because the HSR doesn’t Finance, Design or Build, they are ineligible to compete in the tendering process, and are out of the running to Operate and Maintain the LRT. This effectively means that only large groups of private companies may even bid on the project. The current procurement process leaves the door open to the new LRT line being entirely privatized.

However, IT’S NOT TOO LATE. If you take action now, we can pressure Metrolinx and the Provincial Liberal Government to make HSR the default operator and maintenance provider of the new Hamilton LRT line....

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I'll tell you one genius thing that HSR did:  instead of laying streetcar tracks on the main routes, they use electic buses that are powered by overhead wires.  It's similar to a TTC streetcar, but where the streetcar only needs one wire (the track is effectively the other), HSR buses need two.  They connect to the buses via two telescoping "feelers", which allow the buses to change lanes.

This means that one stalled bus (or car) doesn't mean a whole long lineup of others that can't get past -- just pop the feelers down on the stalled bus and any behind it can just go around.  It also means that Hamilton doesn't have to rip up and replace track every few years like here in Toronto.  A clever solution, IMHO.

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..what a disaster in the making. 

Public Transit, Privatization and the Canada Infrastructure Bank

The Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) will create a pipeline of privatization for our public transit systems. Corporations will be able to extract long-term profit from public transit fares and public subsidies.

Our governments subsidize public transit because it’s critical infrastructure for our communities: to get us from place to place, to reduce traffic congestion, and to green our environment. When we allow corporations to plan, finance, operate, maintain and own public transit, we funnel ridership fares and government funding into corporate coffers.

The CIB will give unprecedented control and decision-making power over our public transit infrastructure to private sector investors. This means the public interest will take a back seat in transit planning and development.

Many of our public transit systems in recent years have been built using public-private partnerships (P3s). The CIB will open the door to even further privatization, allowing profit to drive public transit planning and decision-making....