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Does using public transport make the community healthier?

Does using public transport make the community healthier?

A new US study finds that mode share and accessibility by public transport aren't correlated significantly with health outcomes. If the study's right, how could that be?

Should strategic planning ignore the future?

Should strategic planning ignore the future?

Australia's capital cities are projected to grow strongly over the next 30-40 years. But metro strategic plans that can't imagine different futures won't cope with an uncertain outlook

Infrastructure: what to do about the ‘Cleopatra Problem’?

Infrastructure: what to do about the ‘Cleopatra Problem’?

The cost of building transport infrastructure in Australia is stratospheric. Governments need to examine the causes, but they also need to look at new ways of managing future urban growth

What are the big trends shaping transport?

What are the big trends shaping transport?

A look at some important trends that could shape transport in the future, including autonomous cars, dematerialisation, real-time information via sensors and crowd-sourcing, and more

Is Los Angeles the best US city for commuting?

Is Los Angeles the best US city for commuting?

Los Angeles routinely ranks as one of the most congested cities in the US. Yet a new study says it offers greater accessibility to employment than any other metropolitan area in the country

Does this freeway make any sense?

Does this freeway make any sense?

Tony Abbott and Dennis Napthine have effectively committed to Melbourne's proposed East-West Link "sight unseen", but it's likely the costs of this new freeway would well and truly exceed the benefits

Why is infrastructure so bloody expensive?

Why is infrastructure so bloody expensive?

In my last post, I looked at the enormous differences in the cost of subways between some countries and cities. The “take home” message is to be careful extrapolating overseas experience to Australia because there is immense variability across projects. A closely related issue though, is the remarkable cost escalation of what on the surface […]