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Should a rail line to Melbourne Airport be the priority?

The Victorian Government says it will commit to constructing a rail line to Melbourne airport in this year’s budget. But is it about sensible policy or is it all about cynical and desperate politics?

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Is managing transport in cities really a no-brainer?

Those popular comparisons of cars against sustainable modes look like a no-brainer. But most of them are highly misleading in the Australian context because they only apply to a specific and limited situation

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Would free public transport really be such a good idea?

There was lots of discussion around the nation last week about the idea of abolishing fares on public transport. At first glance it might sound like a great idea, but here’re ten issues to think about first

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Lower fares are good politics, but are they good policy?

It’s an election year in Victoria and so the gravy train’s already leaving the station. It’s obvious the Government’s rattled on public transport and says it’ll lower fares. But is that good policy?

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Is transit winning the transport battle in the US?

New data shows public transport use in the US in 2013 was the highest it’s been since 1956. But that should be small comfort – compared to cars, public transport use in the US is still piddling

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Albanese: “public transport is the low-hanging fruit”

Guest writer Anthony Albanese says Melbourne Metro, Brisbane Cross-River Rail, Perth Airport rail link and Adelaide’s Tonsley Park public transport project all warrant Commonwealth funding

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Is Napthine about to stuff up Melbourne’s Metro?

It looks depressingly like the Victorian Government might be about to compromise the first major new electrified rail line in Melbourne in 40 years by addressing the wrong problem.

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How easy would it be to shift commuters out of their cars?

New research finds over half of Australian workers say they’d likely use public transport if it were better. But is it just a simple matter of spending more to improve trains, trams and buses?

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Should we expect public transport to perform like a car?

Public transport provides significant social benefits. But we shouldn’t expect it to be as convenient or as fast as a car. It’s not private transport; it’s public (i.e. shared) transport

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Do road and transit authorities see the same world?

Two organisations reporting to the same Minister reckon the relative shares of travel by public transport and cars will be very different in the future. One builds roads; the other builds rail lines

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