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Would building this new rail station be a sensible idea?

Would building this new rail station be a sensible idea?

Alan DaviesApr 21, 201614 Comments

There's pressure to expand the proposed Melbourne Metro project to incorporate a new station at South Yarra; but the Government insists it can't be justified

Melbourne Metro: what do you get for $10 Billion?

Melbourne Metro: what do you get for $10 Billion?

Alan DaviesMar 8, 20167 Comments

The Business Case for Melbourne Metro was finally released publicly last month. It confirms the need and the solution. Now the Commonwealth needs to come to the party with matching funding

Is Melbourne really about to get an international-style metro?

Is Melbourne really about to get an international-style metro?

Alan DaviesFeb 24, 20169 Comments

Victoria's Premier reckons the planned new Melbourne Metro tunnel will create a metro system to rival the world's best. Wrong; a name doesn't endow a system with magical metro qualities

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

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

Alan DaviesNov 18, 201519 Comments

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

Is Shorten letting Turnbull off the hook on cities policy?

Is Shorten letting Turnbull off the hook on cities policy?

Alan DaviesSep 28, 20153 Comments

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

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

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

Alan DaviesSep 23, 20156 Comments

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

Recap: all the topics discussed by The Urbanist in July

Recap: all the topics discussed by The Urbanist in July

Alan DaviesAug 12, 2015

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

The need for Melbourne Metro is far from clear

The need for Melbourne Metro is far from clear

Alan DaviesJul 30, 201516 Comments

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

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

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

Alan DaviesJul 6, 201510 Comments

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

Should Melbourne Metro have a station at Sth Yarra?

Should Melbourne Metro have a station at Sth Yarra?

Alan DaviesMay 19, 20156 Comments

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