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A proposal for a Melbourne Ring Metro

A proposal for a Melbourne Ring Metro

Alan DaviesMar 13, 201717 Comments

Melbourne needs an orbital or "ring" light metro linking major suburban centres to take radial trips off the road system, argues guest writer Dr Garry Glazebrook

Will population growth ruin a city's liveability?

Will population growth ruin a city's liveability?

Alan DaviesFeb 20, 201717 Comments

Population growth brings risks and will change the character of a city like Melbourne if it continues, but it's more likely to make it a better place for most residents

What's government done to make public transport better?

What's government done to make public transport better?

Alan DaviesFeb 13, 20177 Comments

A look at what successive governments have done over the last twenty or so years to improve the attractiveness of train travel in Melbourne

Should public transport be

Should public transport be "returned to the people"?

Alan DaviesFeb 8, 201712 Comments

There are calls to bring management of Melbourne's train and tram systems back under government control. Might be a good idea, but first let's see the evidence

Can we have a mature discussion about the future of urban transport?

Can we have a mature discussion about the future of urban transport?

Alan DaviesJan 30, 201712 Comments

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

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

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