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Lower fares are good politics, but are they good policy?

Lower fares are good politics, but are they good policy?

Alan Davies March 26, 2014 28 Comments

It’s an election year in Victoria and so the gravy train’s already leaving the station. It’s obvious the Government’s rattled on public transport and says it'll lower fares. But is that good policy?

An Assange of links for urbanists

An Assange of links for urbanists

Alan Davies June 7, 2013

A tea kettle that looks like Hitler, the resurgence of McMansions, once upon a time there really was an all-powerful bicycle lobby, the claims for light rail and bicycle helmets might be over-blown, explaining New Urbanism, low-tech driverless cars....

Media botch: has Fairfax gone off the rails again?

Media botch: has Fairfax gone off the rails again?

Alan Davies April 30, 2013 17 Comments

The Fairfax press likes to beat-up public transport. Here it shows how it can turn what ought to be a real positive for rail travel – the opening of a new station – into a PR disaster

Do public transport fares cost too much?

Do public transport fares cost too much?

Alan Davies February 21, 2013 36 Comments

Governments with the spine to increase transit fares in real terms should be applauded, not pilloried. Public transport is already very heavily subsidised financially but desperately needs more money

Does it cost less to drive to work than catch the train?

Alan Davies December 10, 2011 12 Comments

The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) is keen to make the case that it costs more to travel by public transport in Melbourne than it does by car. The PTUA says above-inflation fare rises over the last decade mean public transport now costs much more than “petrol in the car” for many trips. The PTUA […]

Is the 9% increase in public transport fares…fair?

Alan Davies December 7, 2011 19 Comments

Many people are outraged that the Government has dared to increase public transport fares in real terms. From 1 January, fares in Melbourne will rise by around 9%, well in excess of the rate of inflation (3.6% for the 12 months to the September Quarter). From what I can make out, I don’t think anyone […]

Should public transport fares be higher?

Alan Davies October 20, 2011 20 Comments

The report in The Age that the Government is considering a 10% real increase in public transport fares has generated an intense negative reaction from readers. If the Government went ahead with the touted increase, the paper calculates that combined with CPI increases, the cost of a weekly zone one myki pass would rise from […]

What should be done with myki?

Alan Davies September 14, 2011 23 Comments

The Age reckons myki is “failing at maths”, but I wonder if the key failing is actually with the way it’s managed rather than with any technical shortcomings. This report in Tuesday’s paper said “hundreds of travellers (who use myki) are paying too much”. It follows an earlier report by The Age, back in April, […]

Where are the (infrastructure) white elephants?

Alan Davies August 25, 2010 7 Comments

Where are our infrastructure white elephants?