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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 appears to have 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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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 in limited situations

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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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