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What’s the long-term rail plan for Melbourne?

Yet another public transport report was released in Victoria yesterday! This time, Public Transport Victoria released its Network Plan for Melbourne’s rail system over the next 20-30 years

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Does lousy service justify fare evasion?

Any optimist who thinks civic virtue is flourishing in our cities should have a look at the ease with which public transport fare evaders rationalise and justify their behaviour

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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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Does Melbourne need a subway?

Jeff Kennett and Peter Newman think creating a rail subway in Melbourne would be visionary, but it wouldn’t address the key factors that drive public transport demand.

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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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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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Is Bicycle Victoria (membership) worth it?

It’s with some regret I report I’ve let my membership of Bicycle Victoria (BV) lapse. I had a call last week from one of BV’s sales people asking me if I would front up $150 to continue my family membership for another year. I said no. In 2009 my family membership was $120. Last year [...]

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Is management of public transport a mess?

It seems the way management structures and processes are arranged is still the key public transport solution being advanced in the Victorian election campaign. The first three points in the Green’s Six Point Transport Plan all relate to governance and management. Now the Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) has released this chaotic flowchart with the [...]

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Is a busway right for Mernda?

If I lived in Mernda I’d be pretty unhappy that the Brumby Government (here and here) is only going to give me a bus service rather than extend the Epping rail line beyond the new station at South Morang. Sure, it’s Bus Rapid Transit with its own dedicated 7.5 km busway (here and here). And [...]

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