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Can we build a metro just like the one Paris’s got?

Many Australians form their views about how public transport should work from their experiences of cities in other countries. But we can’t expect to replicate something like the Paris Metro

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Is Shorten letting Turnbull off the hook on cities policy?

The Opposition is setting the bar on cities policy way too low. Malcolm Turnbull will have no trouble skipping over it without being forced to seriously address the underlying challenges in urban policy

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Where’s the $4.5 billion taken from public transport funding?

The Opposition reckons Malcolm Turnbull should reinstate the $4.5 billion Tony Abbott “cut” from urban public transport. Trouble is the money never existed

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Recap: all the topics discussed by The Urbanist in July

Including the cost of infrastructure, what to do about traffic congestion, long commutes, car share, speeding fines, the growth of cycling, car parking, “dog box” apartments, and more

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The need for Melbourne Metro is far from clear

Guest writer Liam Egerton argues there’s a simpler, cheaper and quicker option for creating a modern metro in Melbourne than the proposed $9-$11 billion Melbourne Metro tunnel under the CBD

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Do governments deliberately over-state the cost of transport projects?

Governments are often accused of over-estimating the cost of major transport projects in order to make them look unrealistic. Of course that’s wrong; it’s almost always the other way around

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Should Melbourne Metro have a station at Sth Yarra?

Refusing to build a station in busy Sth Yarra as part of its promised Melbourne Metro rail line seems counter to good planning practice and looks politically risky for the Andrews Government

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Should light rail to Doncaster be a key priority for Melbourne?

The standard of public transport in Melbourne is apparently so high that some think the city can afford to make notions like a new light rail line to Doncaster a key priority

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Are politicians doing what’s needed to grow our cities?

The transport and planning policies routinely touted by politicians won’t equip Australian cities to cope with projected growth. Much more fundamental, but politically difficult, actions are needed

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Is it full steam ahead for Melbourne Metro (or is it hot air)?

The Victorian government says it has resumed planning for the Melbourne Metro originally begun when John Brumby was Premier. But is the government really in a position to build it?

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