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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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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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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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Could Melbourne have airport rail sooner rather than later?

Despite the Government’s claim that Melburnians can’t have a rail line to the airport until the Metro tunnel is built, there is a way to have it now. The key question though is whether it’d be worth it

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What does urban rail really cost to build?

The official estimate of the cost to build the Melbourne Metro rail tunnel is $9 billion but some advocates claim it’s only $3 billion. What explains the huge difference in these two claims?

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Infrastructure: does getting the facts right matter anymore?

The idea that those involved in community discussions about cities should get the facts right increasingly seems to be optional. Cities are likely to be better places if we strive for truth in public debates.

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Is one boondoggle as good as another?

Melbourne’s proposed East-West Link freeway has the makings of a boondoggle. But some of the mooted alternatives like the proposed Doncaster rail line would be boondoggles too

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Infrastructure: what to do about the ‘Cleopatra Problem’?

The cost of building transport infrastructure in Australia is stratospheric. Governments need to examine the causes, but they also need to look at new ways of managing future urban growth

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Is this the best (road) option for Melbourne?

It looks like construction of Melbourne’s East-West Link freeway will go ahead while Melbourne Metro languishes, but the case hasn’t been made that the Link is the best road option available

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