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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

Will new rail lines save the planet?

Will new rail lines save the planet?

Alan DaviesJul 4, 20163 Comments

The justification for a big investment like the $11 Billion Melbourne Metro isn't to save the planet (it will do very little to reduce GHGs); it's to improve transport

Infrastructure costs: is like compared with like?

Infrastructure costs: is like compared with like?

Alan DaviesJun 28, 20161 Comment

Comparing the costs of ostensibly similar infrastructure projects is a fraught exercise. Differences in scope are often overlooked; it's vital to compare like with like

Is this the time to ramp-up infrastructure spending?

Is this the time to ramp-up infrastructure spending?

Alan DaviesJun 22, 20165 Comments

Biz Shrapnel reckons it's time to build; construction costs are plummeting and governments have a "window" of opportunity - it might not last - to spend on infrastructure

Would building this new rail station be a sensible idea?

Would building this new rail station be a sensible idea?

Alan DaviesApr 21, 201615 Comments

There's pressure to expand the proposed Melbourne Metro project to incorporate a new station at South Yarra; but the Government insists it can't be justified

Melbourne Metro: what do you get for $10 Billion?

Melbourne Metro: what do you get for $10 Billion?

Alan DaviesMar 8, 20167 Comments

The Business Case for Melbourne Metro was finally released publicly last month. It confirms the need and the solution. Now the Commonwealth needs to come to the party with matching funding

Is Melbourne really about to get an international-style metro?

Is Melbourne really about to get an international-style metro?

Alan DaviesFeb 24, 20169 Comments

Victoria's Premier reckons the planned new Melbourne Metro tunnel will create a metro system to rival the world's best. Wrong; a name doesn't endow a system with magical metro qualities

Can we build a metro just like the one Paris's got?

Can we build a metro just like the one Paris's got?

Alan DaviesNov 18, 201519 Comments

Many Australians form their views about how public transport should work from their experiences of cities in other countries. But we can't expect to replicate something like the Paris Metro

Is Shorten letting Turnbull off the hook on cities policy?

Is Shorten letting Turnbull off the hook on cities policy?

Alan DaviesSep 28, 20153 Comments

The Opposition is setting the bar on cities policy way too low. Malcolm Turnbull will have no trouble skipping over it without being forced to seriously address the underlying challenges in urban policy

Where's the $4.5 billion taken from public transport funding?

Where's the $4.5 billion taken from public transport funding?

Alan DaviesSep 23, 20156 Comments

The Opposition reckons Malcolm Turnbull should reinstate the $4.5 billion Tony Abbott "cut" from urban public transport. Trouble is the money never existed

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