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Transport overview No. 62

Transport overview No. 62


A unique overview by the Centre for Strategic Analysis - December 2012

1) The Mayor of Tallinn, capital of Estonia has decided to make public transportation free for its residents, from 1 January 2013. This will be the first city in the world to introduce such a system.

As for the visitors, they must pay a ticket to 1.60 euros. Currently, the cost of public transport (buses, trams and trolleys) is covered by 33% of ticket sales. Free with a 15% increase in the use of public transport is expected? Process and it should help make the city more "green." Vilnius and Riga, capital of neighboring states of Lithuania and Latvia, are considering setting up a similar measure.

2) Laos, which now has only a few kilometers of track, starts with two railway construction projects allowing him to connect Thailand, Vietnam and China.

The first line, whose work should start in January 2013 and last for five years, will leave the province of Savannakhet Laos near the Thai border to the border town of Lao Bao Vietnamese province of Quang Tri. The cost of this line with a length of 220 km, linking Thailand to Vietnam through Laos, amounted to five billion dollars (about 3.9 billion). Work will be performed by a company in Malaysia, Giant Consolidated Limited, which will have a concession for fifty years for the operation of the line.
The second project will cover 418 kilometers from Vientiane, capital of Laos and the Chinese border in the Luang Namtha province. Work should begin in 2013 for completion in 2018, an estimated seven billion dollars (5.4 billion euros).
The railway could eventually reach Kunming in the Chinese province of Yunnan. Passenger trains running at a speed of 160 km / h and those goods to 120 km / h.

3) So far, once the expiry date of ten years reached, Air France destroyed its jackets. Now the airline says the company Bilum with which it has developed a partnership for change by giving them a new use.

Thus a disability Establishment and service support through work (ESAT), cut by hand a piece of yellow fabric impermeable jacket and without type conversion or overprint varnish, recycle kit in toiletries. The first set of 400 kits has been traded between 19 and 24 euros depending on model.

by Christine Raynard, Policy Officer at Department of Sustainable Development (DSD).

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