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Would free public transport really be such a good idea?

There was lots of discussion around the nation last week about the idea of abolishing fares on public transport. At first glance it might sound like a great idea, but here’re ten issues to think about first

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Is transit winning the transport battle in the US?

New data shows public transport use in the US in 2013 was the highest it’s been since 1956. But that should be small comfort – compared to cars, public transport use in the US is still piddling

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How will we get to work in the future?

Achieving even a modest increase in the share of urban work trips carried by public transport in the future will be extraordinarily hard and require new ways of thinking about transport

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Circular rail maps of Sydney and Melbourne

A London designer has prepared maps for the rail systems of Sydney and Melbourne based on the geometry of concentric circles. They highlight the orbital connectivity of networks

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An Aggregation of links for urbanists

Priced-out of Paris; three starchitects in Germany; multi modal public transport journeys; declining demand for husbands; can a city be successful without transit?; can we still build real architecture; bicycle helmets & concussion; welcome to exurbia…

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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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Is public transport as green as you think?

It’s true emissions from public transport aren’t as low relative to cars as is popularly imagined, but the savings are still significant. And there are other good reasons to invest in worthwhile transit services.

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How cost-effective are new rail transit projects?

Many newer rail-based transit projects aren’t cost-effective. Too often it’s assumed one transit project is as good as any other. More effort needs to go into building the right projects in the right places.

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Does public transport use correlate with density in Australian cities?

In Australian cities, public transport use correlates with population density. More importantly though, it correlates with the degree to which population is concentrated.

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Are commuters shifting to public transport?

The latest release of the American Community Survey provides a reminder of the enormity of the task of shifting commuters into more sustainable modes. Transit’s mode share barely moved over the last 11 years despite large investment in new systems.

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