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Would a rail line to Doncaster really “get cars off the freeway”?

The Greens appear to have a change of heart on Melbourne Metro but the party’s support for a rail line to Doncaster is mystifying. It’s not a project progressives should regard as a priority

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Is extending rail to Mernda about good policy (or smart politics)?

The key parties all promised to build a rail line to outer suburban Mernda at the Victorian election, but good public transport could be provided in the area for a fraction of the cost

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What will the Andrews government do for public transport?

Labor’s election costings are belated and skimpy but nevertheless provide an indication of its intentions with public transport in Melbourne. It’s plan is good, but it’s hardly ground-breaking

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Did the ABC fact checkers get it right on train punctuality?

ABC Fact Check reckons the Napthine government’s claim of improved train punctuality on its watch is right and unhappy commuters are wrong. But the ABC’s methodology is flawed

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Should we go a bit easier on (some) broken promises?

Politicians shouldn’t make election promises they can’t keep; but commitments that’re bad policy are worse. There’s a case for allowing governments to “improve” (break!) some poor promises

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Political promises: don’t voters deserve better?

Victoria’s Treasury says the Greens election promise to extend some tram lines will cost much more than claimed. The electorate deserves more respect from politicians (and better costings)

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Are politicians putting public transport on lay-by?

Voters can’t assume that all major public transport projects seemingly promised by politicians during election campaigns will be built in the next term…or even the one after…or perhaps ever

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What’s better: a train that’s late or one that doesn’t get there at all?

There’s real value in hard performance targets for business and government, but there are also dangers. Sometimes a single-minded focus on targets leads to negative outcomes elsewhere

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Is the proposed development of Federation Square East a con?

Victoria’s Napthine Government is inviting proposals for the development of Federation Square East. Sounds like a wonderful civic enhancement, but in an election year it’s all about politics

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Is Labor genuine about building Melbourne Metro?

Both major parties are promising to build a rail tunnel under Melbourne if they win this year’s election, but neither seems in a hurry to commence construction before 2018-22 at the earliest

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