March, 2018

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Driverless cars: will public transport be a winner?

, Mar 13, 2018

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The prospect of autonomous vehicles causes worry but they might provide public and shared modes of transport with a big boost in competitiveness relative to private vehicles
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Is this underpass promise under-developed?

, Nov 21, 2017

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The promise by the Opposition in Victoria to grade-separate 55 congested intersections is likely to be politically appealing, but the case hasn't been made it's a sensible policy
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How will driverless vehicles change our cities?

, Nov 15, 2017

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Once the difficult transition period when human controlled vehicles are still common is over, a world of fully driverless vehicles should be a lot different from today
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Should we demand more of heavy vehicle drivers?

, Nov 14, 2017

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It's time to consider if heavy vehicle driver licensing should require that applicants understand the risks they pose for others and are committed to protecting their welfare
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Are there easy fixes for traffic congestion?

, Nov 01, 2017

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Politicans like to sell new roads and rail lines as the solution to traffic congestion but it's an illusion. There are no quick or politically easy fixes for peak-hour traffic
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Congestion charging: are these criticisms fatal?

, Oct 10, 2017

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There are a number of key criticisms of congestion charging; they carry weight and must be addressed in implementation, but no, they're not fatal flaws
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Is congestion charging too inequitable?

, Oct 04, 2017

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Congestion charging shouldn't be peremptorily written off as inequitable without examining closely how it would work and who the likely winners and losers would be
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Should public works be named after politicians?

, Sep 07, 2017

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No matter how worthy they are, we should be very cautious about naming public works after people, but most especially after politicians
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Should this motorway report be secret?

, Sep 06, 2017

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No, Daniel Andrews, you can't spend $1 Billion of public money to get rid of the East West Link and then be secretive about the case for the West Gate Tunnel
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Has the case been made for the West Gate Tunnel?

, Aug 15, 2017

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More problems are coming to light with the proposed West Gate Tunnel in Melbourne. The Government needs to do a better job of explaining and justifying this project
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Have we passed peak car (parking)?

, Aug 02, 2017

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Australian city dwellers have passed peak travel (kilometres per capita) but it seems they haven't passed peak car ownership or peak parking
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Is public transport the only solution to congestion?

, Aug 01, 2017

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Public transport is a big part of the answer to congestion but it can't do it alone. But congestion isn't the only big issue; so is providing access to places as population grows
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Has Albo really found a congestion hollow log?

, Jun 27, 2017

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Anthony Albanese gets it wrong on traffic congestion. Australian cities need politicians who'll tell us what's really going on and what really needs to be done
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Is this (suburban) motorway a good idea?

, Apr 27, 2017

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The Andrews Government's decision to build Melbourne's North East Link lacks transparency and analysis, but the idea of suburban motorways shouldn't be dismissed out of hand
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The problem with Transurban’s proposed motorway

, Mar 16, 2017

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Guest writer Russell Smith sets out the arguments against Transurban's proposed Western Distributor motorway in Melbourne's inner west
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Is it time for a 40 kmh speed limit in cities?

, Feb 16, 2017

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It won't be easy politically, but living with cars in Australia's cities means "taming" them, starting with setting a default 40 kmh speed limit
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Can we have a mature discussion about the future of urban transport?

, Jan 30, 2017

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With 90% of motorised travel in capital cities currently undertaken by private transport it’s time for a grown-up assessment of where to go with urban transport policy
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Does the impact on trains kill the case for this road?

, Dec 20, 2016

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It's estimated Melbourne's proposed North East Link motorway will reduce train boardings by 25,000 per day - sounds awful, but as usual there's more to it
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Is this motorway obviously a really stupid idea?

, Dec 14, 2016

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The Victorian government's proposal to build a major motorway in the suburbs is premature - but it highlights the need for a more mature discussion about the role of new roads
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Is congestion charging just too unfair to bother with?

, Dec 01, 2016

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Some progressives are concerned about the equity effects of congestion charging and are reluctant to support it. It needs to be evaluated at the level of the entire tax/transfer system