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I know a few people 'not of these parts' and all have said they never needed a car til they came to Ireland and the UK. Saw the other day that Latvia is actually reducing its travel passes to €30/month (from €50, thats bus/tram/trolley bus but not trains) to encourage more people to use it. They readily admit it costs them €2.05 per trip, and are increasing single ride tickets to €2, but they would rather spend money on public transport than more roads. They also have a good cycle network now, thats fairly recent though as apparently was not around 20 years ago.As they should. Everyone needs to start looking at alternative modes of transport to resolve the issues of congestion, not cars. The Dutch have done it very well. Instead of building more roads invest all that money on a fit for purpose public transport system and proper cycling infrastructure. The only reason its not done here is the backward governance and vested interests involved in cars and road building. No monetary profit in cycle paths despite them being green, keeping traffic moving and improving the health of the nation.
One thing to note though, countries with good public transport don't use the private sector for it.