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Would free public transport really be such a good idea?

Would free public transport really be such a good idea?

Alan DaviesApr 1, 20145 Comments

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

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

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

Alan DaviesMar 26, 201428 Comments

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?

Do public transport fares cost too much?

Do public transport fares cost too much?

Alan DaviesFeb 21, 201336 Comments

Governments with the spine to increase transit fares in real terms should be applauded, not pilloried. Public transport is already very heavily subsidised financially but desperately needs more money

Should public transport be subsidised?

Should public transport be subsidised?

Alan DaviesMay 15, 201230 Comments

Public transport travel in Australia’s capital cities gets a massive, growing financial subsidy (see exhibit). Passengers don’t pay for any of the capital costs and on average o

Does it cost less to drive to work than catch the train?

Alan DaviesDec 10, 201112 Comments

The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) is keen to make the case that it costs more to travel by public

Should public transport fares be higher?

Alan DaviesOct 20, 201120 Comments

The report in The Age that the Government is

Should fare zones be rationalised?

Alan DaviesApr 16, 201118 Comments

Should public transport users pay their way?

Alan DaviesSep 27, 201010 Comments

Is Melbourne Bicycle Share all spin?

Alan DaviesJun 2, 201022 Comments

Melbourne's new bike sharing scheme addresses a need that doesn't exist and is designed so it will almost inevitably fail to attract users