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Is it high time Melbourne got a rail line to the airport?

64 of the world’s busiest airports are served by heavy or light rail but Melbourne Airport, which ranks 50th, isn’t. Wisely, the Victorian Government has no plans to build a rail line yet

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Would a rail line to Doncaster really “get cars off the freeway”?

The Greens appear to have had a change of heart on Melbourne Metro but the party’s support for a rail line to Doncaster is mystifying. It’s not a project progressives should regard as a priority

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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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What if no new city centre rail lines were built?

The chances of getting the massive funding required to build major urban rail projects any time soon don’t look promising. What might happen to our cities if they’re never built?

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Are all new urban rail lines wise investments?

Our cities desperately need investment in public transport. It’s vitally important limited funds are spent on good projects that deliver, not devalued by populism or wasted on pork-barrelling

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Do public transport fares cost too much?

Governments with the spine to increase transit fares in real terms should be applauded, not pilloried. Public transport is already very heavily subsidised financially but desperately needs more money

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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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Should cars be subsidised?

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that private cars are massively subsidised. Indeed, cars are an object lesson in the consequences of under-pricing. Because we don’t take account of the social costs of driving when we get behind the wheel, we drive too often, too far and in vehicles that are too large. Our cities sprawl, […]

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Does it cost less to drive to work than catch the train?

The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) is keen to make the case that it costs more to travel by public transport in Melbourne than it does by car. The PTUA says above-inflation fare rises over the last decade mean public transport now costs much more than “petrol in the car” for many trips. The PTUA […]

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Do public transport and road pricing go together?

It surprises me who’s still lukewarm about congestion pricing of roads. I’d have thought the focus on the carbon tax over the last year would’ve heightened understanding of the role of the price mechanism in managing resources better. Obviously governments find it too hard politically but even organisations like The Greens and the Public Transport […]

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