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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Should CBD parking be buried?

, Feb 19, 2018

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Melbourne City Council wants to ban above-ground parking in new developments but doesn't have a clue what the wider implications of such a change might be
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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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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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Does driving matter for a city’s liveability?

, Oct 18, 2017

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Driving will inevitably continue to have a huge impact on the liveability of Australia's growing cities - policy-makers must stop ignoring the car and start "taming" it
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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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Can public transport define the 20-minute city?

, Aug 16, 2017

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We make a vanishingly small percentage of short trips by public transport and it's mostly because we prefer the alternatives for this sort of travel. Transit's strengths lie elsewhere
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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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Could the average trip to work nearly double by 2030?

, Jun 22, 2017

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The average one-way commute could increase by 28 minutes by 2030 according to Melbourne's Herald Sun. Sounds horrendous but it's scary tabloid journalism
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Why has walking to school stumbled so badly?

, Apr 11, 2017

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The proportion of children driven to primary school has raced ahead over the last 30 to 40 years. The standard solutions won't change that by much, but there's hope
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Australia needs a massive infrastructure fund

, Mar 06, 2017

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It's time to facilitate $200 billion investment in key infrastructure projects like inland freight rail and a national electricity grid, argues guest writer Dr Garry Glazebrook
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Should public transport be “returned to the people”?

, Feb 08, 2017

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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
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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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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
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Do politicians care about the cost of infrastructure promises?

, Oct 26, 2016

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Politicians are prone to understating the cost of transport projects resulting in too many poor projects getting up ahead of what should be higher priorities
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Is it time to get serious about road pricing?

, Sep 22, 2016

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Recent positive comments by urban Infrastructure Minister Paul Fletcher indicate it's time for governments to actively pursue implementing road pricing in Australia
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Should removal of this level crossing get priority?

, Sep 16, 2016

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Two deaths this week at a Melbourne level crossing prompted calls to prioritise its removal. But it's a much more complex decision; there are other important issues to take into account
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Is urban transport too expensive?

, Aug 23, 2016

The Australian Automobile Association reckons transport - especially driving - costs too much: it says households spend a "staggering" 13.3% of their weekly budget on transport
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Rail: under or over?

, Aug 10, 2016

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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