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Is Sydney’s new light rail line about saving the planet?

Sydney’s new CBD and South East light rail line shows that emission reductions are usually only a small component of the benefits of multi-billion dollar public transport investments

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What would it take to build a tram network the size of Melbourne’s?

Melbourne is fortunate it inherited the largest tram network in the world, because building something like it today – say in a city such as Sydney – would be extraordinarily expensive and difficult

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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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