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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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Vale Paul Mees

Public transport thinker, researcher, educator and advocate Paul Mees died yesterday from cancer, aged 52. He made a major contribution to international understanding of transport.

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Would road pricing lead to more driving?

Putting a price on road space seems like a good idea but some analysts argue it could actually increase the amount of driving. In fact there’s a point of view that says it would be better to promote traffic congestion.

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What next for the Public Transport Users Association?

I’m disappointed The Age ran a story this week with the lede: “After almost 10 years in the role, Melbourne’s chief complainer about public transport has finally had enough.” The headline was just as rude: “Transport mouthpiece to step down.”

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How come the Dutch got cycle paths and not us?

A key reason the Netherlands has the highest level of cycling for day-to-day transport in the world is its extensive network of high quality, safe bicycle paths. But it wasn’t always like that – the key message of this video (see exhibit) is that most of the bicycle network was built from the mid-1970s onward. [...]

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Is transit patronage really growing this fast?

I’ve noted before that public transport patronage in Australian cities is increasing, but I didn’t realise just how dramatically it has escalated in Melbourne until I had cause to leaf through the Annual Review 2010 published by Metlink, the marketing organisation for Melbourne’s train, tram and bus operators. This claim really caught my attention: “Metlink [...]

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Does density matter for mode share?

The accompanying chart shows how public transport’s share of the journey to work varies with population density across 41 US and Australian cities. It is taken from the same article that I mentioned in my last post. The authors, Dr John Stone and Dr Paul Mees, find there is only a modest relationship between population [...]

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Will networking make public transport the mode of choice?

According to a report in The Age last month, new research published in the latest issue of Australian Planner shows that higher suburban densities are not a precondition for vastly better public transport. Reporter Andrew West says: City dwellers have been presented with a false choice – live in apartments and enjoy good public transport or [...]

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