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What the hell is a bloody “metro” anyway?

The term ‘metro’ is thrown around a lot in discussions of better public transport but there’s precious little consistency in the way it’s used or consensus about what a metro actually is

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Recap: all the topics discussed by The Urbanist in September

Including cycling, Turnbull’s cities policy, bike share, train strikes, walkability, suicide barriers, clustering, CBD towers, a museum of architecture, and more

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Do anti-suicide barriers really save lives? Yes!

It’s often argued that anti-suicide barriers at jumping sites are a waste of time: those intent on killing themselves go elsewhere. However a recent study says barriers really do save lives

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How popular were trains, trams and cycling in 1951?

Back in 1951, public transport still dominated the journey to work in Australian cities. For example, it accounted for more than half of work trips in Melbourne; only 20% of workers commuted by car

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Do we need a wider focus than traffic congestion?

VicRoads acknowledges that addressing traffic congestion needs a wider view than simply building more roads. Sure, but preparing cities for the future also needs a broader view than congestion

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Are trips by public transport and by car the same?

Cars dominate travel in Sydney for all trip lengths over one kilometre. Seriously increasing public transport’s mode share is an enormous challenge; it will require making cars less attractive

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Is driving quicker than taking the train?

Policy-makers should look at these numbers. Journeys made by car in Sydney are much faster than journeys made by train; they’re a long way from being substitutes for each other

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Recap: all the topics discussed by The Urbanist last month

A list of the articles published on The Urbanist in April 2015, including driving vs public transport, cycling to rail stations, designing memorials, living in high-rise towers, and more

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Is rail performing at its peak in Australian cities?

Like other Australian cities, Sydney’s rail system is consciously designed with the capacity to accommodate brief peaks of intense demand. Smoothing the peaks would reduce costs significantly

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Recap: all the topics discussed by The Urbanist in March

A list of the articles published on The Urbanist in the previous month ranging across cycling, trains, favourite cities, heritage, major events, architecture, driving, skyscrapers and apartments

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