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Is lack of investment in trains why the inner city is so expensive?

Property prices have risen much faster in the inner city than the outer suburbs over the last 30 years. One theory is that under-investment in rail connecting the suburbs to the CBD is the culprit

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Is Daniel Andrews right to ignore airport rail?

A train to Melbourne Airport would be more comfortable than SkyBus and one day it’ll no doubt be needed, but the Victorian Premier is right; there are much more pressing priorities for the scarce public dollar

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What can we learn from the East West Link debacle?

The public release of the business case for the East West Link shows the importance of transparent and rational assessment of infrastructure proposals rather than faith-based advocacy

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Cycling: is the Safety in Numbers effect all about the numbers?

There are various explanations for why the Safety in Numbers effect seems to work. New research with important policy implications suggests it’s really about rider density, not numbers

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High Speed Rail: too good to be true?

A new report contends an 1800 km Brisbane-Sydney-Melbourne High Speed Rail line could be operating in 10 years. Moreover it would cover all its operating and capital costs. Fact or fiction?

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Why has Melbourne grown faster than Sydney?

Sydney is Australia’s acknowledged global city and main finance centre, yet despite hosting the Olympic Games, Sydney’s growth since 2000 has been much slower than Melbourne’s

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How will we get to work in the future?

Achieving even a modest increase in the share of urban work trips carried by public transport in the future will be extraordinarily hard and require new ways of thinking about transport

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Are we doing enough to address the impact of cars?

There’s a need for incremental improvements to support public transport in cities but by itself it’s not enough. We need to put much more effort into managing road-based transport better

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Is more transport infrastructure all our cities need?

Australia’s capital cities face enormous growth pressures. Will building more motorways and rail lines be enough to ensure they can grow while remaining liveable?

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Are Australian cities sprawling at ever-lower densities?

The stereotype of Australian cities is they sprawl for a hundred kilometres from one side to the other at ridiculously low densities and are getting worse. Yet it’s not true – they’re getting denser

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