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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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Who gives a shit about public transport users?

If you want to know if a public transport system is good – if it puts the wellbeing of travellers as its number one priority – then just measure the accessibilty and quality of toilets provided for users

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Should a rail line to Perth Airport really be the priority?

The WA Government says it will build a train line to Perth airport for $2.2 billion, but it makes no economic or social sense; as with Melbourne airport, there’re much higher transport priorities

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Can the Greens’ tram plan be taken seriously?

The Victorian Greens are promising to extend Melbourne’s tram network in the run up to the State election, but the party has no business plan and has seriously underestimated the cost

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Is the debate on Melbourne’s rail tunnel getting sidetracked?

Much of the public debate on Melbourne’s new rail tunnel has been sidetracked onto important but ultimately second order issues. There’s a risk the main game will be neglected

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Are these criticisms of Melbourne Rail Link salient?

Some of the criticisms of the Napthine Government’s new Melbourne Rail Link (such as the location of Montague rail station) miss the big picture and in any event are mostly just plain wrong

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Will Napthine’s new route ruin Melbourne’s Metro?

The Victorian government’s promised Melbourne Rail Link replaces the former government’s Metro. It follows a different route but the outcome is a lot better than the early leaks suggested

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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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