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Are infrastructure costs a lot higher in the outer suburbs?

Are infrastructure costs a lot higher in the outer suburbs?

It's a truism that development costs are much higher on the urban fringe than in inner areas. But there's little evidence the claim still holds and good reason to think it's no longer the case

Is building new lines the key measure of progress with rail?

Is building new lines the key measure of progress with rail?

The measure of how well cities do in improving public transport isn’t just extra kilometres of track; it's also how much extra capacity is provided in the public transport system as a whole

Has spare infrastructure capacity in the inner city disappeared?

Has spare infrastructure capacity in the inner city disappeared?

The received wisdom is it costs much less to provide infrastructure for an inner suburban dwelling than for one in the outer suburbs. However, as I noted last time, we don’t know how big the difference is or even, for that matter, if it’s positive or negative – we simply lack reliable evidence. There are […]