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Does having the funds make a poor project OK?

Does having the funds make a poor project OK?

Alan DaviesSep 21, 20163 Comments

The extra $10 billion the Victorian government is getting from the sale of the port of Melbourne doesn't turn a poor project like a station at South Yarra into something worth doing

Are regional dormitories the way to grow our cities?

Are regional dormitories the way to grow our cities?

Alan DaviesSep 7, 20163 Comments

It seems inevitable regional centres will take a much bigger share of metropolitan population growth, but the case hasn't been made that creating regional dormitories is the best policy

Rail: under or over?

Rail: under or over?

Alan DaviesAug 10, 20166 Comments

Removing level crossings by elevating rail over road has advantages but in cases like this one it's less compelling; and not helped by questionable public consultation

Are buses

Are buses "visible" enough?

Alan DaviesJul 25, 20169 Comments

There's a dense system of useful bus routes in most cities that's often invisible to prospective users. Bus routes needs to be improved but also made more legible

Should commuters pay to park at the station?

Should commuters pay to park at the station?

Alan DaviesJul 20, 201614 Comments

Commuter parking at outer suburban railway stations is usually free, leading to peak period shortages. The first step should be to charge for it

Will new rail lines save the planet?

Will new rail lines save the planet?

Alan DaviesJul 4, 20163 Comments

The justification for a big investment like the $11 Billion Melbourne Metro isn't to save the planet (it will do very little to reduce GHGs); it's to improve transport

Is this tram project good policy?

Is this tram project good policy?

Alan DaviesJun 30, 2016

Labor's election promise to extend Melbourne's Route 11 tram by one kilometre isn't about good transport policy; it's a political move to protect incumbent David Feeny

Is this a fair comparison of transport promises?

Is this a fair comparison of transport promises?

Alan DaviesJun 29, 20161 Comment

This table showing the election promises of the three major parties on public transport should be useful but it frames the information in a way that blatantly favours one party

Should Melbourne Airport rail be an election issue?

Should Melbourne Airport rail be an election issue?

Alan DaviesJun 14, 20167 Comments

The Greens election promises include $1 Billion to build a rail line to Melbourne Airport. Probably good politics but it's doubtful such an evidence-free promise is good policy

Fantasy tram map 2048, Melbourne

Fantasy tram map 2048, Melbourne

Alan DaviesMay 19, 20169 Comments

Here's a parallel universe "fantasy" vision of what Melbourne's tram network could look like in 30 years time given more money and more acceptance from motorists

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