Topic archives: congestion pricing

That was The week That was… w/e 15 October

That was The week That was… w/e 15 October

October 16, 2017 1

Tw3 provides a brief commentary on stories in the news over the week ending 15 October 2017 bearing on the delights and discontents of urbanism

That was The week That was… w/e 1 October

That was The week That was… w/e 1 October

October 1, 2017 1

Tw3 provides a brief commentary on stories bearing on the delights and discontents of urbanism that were in the news over the week ending 1 October 2017

Weekend reading 2/3 September

September 1, 2017

Weekend reading, July 22/23

July 22, 2017

Is this motorway obviously a really stupid idea?

Is this motorway obviously a really stupid idea?

December 14, 2016 11

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

Are trips by public transport and by car the same?

Are trips by public transport and by car the same?

June 11, 2015 15

Cars dominate travel in Sydney for all trip lengths over one kilometre. Seriously increasing public transport's mode share is an enormous challenge; it will require making cars less attractive

Is more transport infrastructure all our cities need?

Is more transport infrastructure all our cities need?

November 12, 2013 10

Australia's capital cities face enormous growth pressures. Will building more motorways and rail lines be enough to ensure they can grow while remaining liveable?

An Adventure of links for urbanists

An Adventure of links for urbanists

June 14, 2013 6

Comparative subway construction costs, ABC Radio listeners have problems with cyclists, rock and roll economics, bicycle parking robotics in Tokyo, the complications of urban agriculture, musicians don't get science, stop thinking in terms of mpg...

Would road pricing lead to more driving?

Would road pricing lead to more driving?

November 13, 2012 32

Putting a price on road space seems like a good idea but some analysts argue it could actually increase the amount of driving. In fact there's a point of view that says it would be better to promote traffic congestion.

Why is road pricing a good idea?

October 26, 2010 12

I’m not aware of anyone who disagrees seriously with the contention that car travel is underpriced. The consequence of this inefficiency is we drive more than we otherwise would and more than is socially optimal. The idea of road pricing is that drivers should pay the real costs they impose on others through traffic congestion, […]

Is there a case for freeways?

October 12, 2010 3

I’ve concluded before that the most plausible scenario in the forseeable future is that cars will continue to be used for the majority of trips in Australian cities. Increasingly, these cars will tend to be powered by clean energy sources and will be slower and more civilised than today’s vehicles. I expect growth in public […]

How to charge for the Big Day Out?

October 10, 2010 2

47,000 tickets for the Big Day Out at Flemington race course sold out within minutes of going on sale at 9am on Friday. Tickets for the Sydney and Gold Coast events also sold out in record time. The organisers have arranged an additional event in Sydney (tickets on sale October 11). The issue of how […]

Should public transport users pay their way?

September 27, 2010 10

The peak industry body, Tourism and Transport Forum Australia, got itself into hot water with the media last week. The Forum suggested in a new report, Meeting the funding challenges of public transport, that eligibility for concession fares should be drastically restricted. The brouhaha was unfortunate because the Forum’s underlying contention – that public transport […]

Will providing better transit be enough to cope with city growth?

September 6, 2010 9

It might seem counter-intuitive, but you can’t increase public transport’s share of travel significantly unless you simultaneously do something about cars. Yet this simple relationship is usually ignored by governments and lobbyists alike. Back on 23 August I looked at the question of how our cities could grow larger but still be liveable. Public transport […]

How to pay for public transport?

September 1, 2010 8

I was pleased to see the call earlier this week by The Age’s city editor, Jason Dowling, for tolling of roads to be introduced in Melbourne (Losing our way on roads). He sees it as a way to reduce congestion and generate revenue for public transport improvements. Road pricing is something I’ve advocated on a […]