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Managing excessive car use: what’s the low hanging fruit?

Managing excessive car use: what’s the low hanging fruit?

A study of urban form in the US concludes that increasing the density of population and employment is a slow way to significantly reduce car use compared to directly pricing driving

Are equity concerns with congestion charging a deal breaker?

Are equity concerns with congestion charging a deal breaker?

There's lots of support for the principle of congestion charging but many progressives are ambivalent because of concerns about the equity of the policy. That view needs a rethink

Are motorways the only answer to traffic congestion?

Are motorways the only answer to traffic congestion?

Contrary to Mr Abbott's assertion, the East West Link isn't necessary to reduce urban traffic congestion; it’s a symptom of the failure of governments at all levels to manage excessive demand.

Is congestion pricing just too unfair?

Is congestion pricing just too unfair?

Intense public concern at the negative equity effects of the Budget doesn't seem to bode well for key urban policy ideas like congestion pricing. But specific policies should be assessed in their context

Do public transport and road pricing go together?

Do public transport and road pricing go together?

It surprises me who’s still lukewarm about congestion pricing of roads. I’d have thought the focus on the carbon tax over the last year would’ve heightened understanding of the role of the price mechanism in managing resources better. Obviously governments find it too hard politically but even organisations like The Greens and the Public Transport […]

Do we still need to conserve water?

Do we still need to conserve water?

It seems the water conservation message is starting to recede as the Government and water authorities come to grips with the breaking of the drought and the oceanic task of paying for new infrastructure like the desalination plant and north-south pipeline. Some small evidence of this trend is evident from the latest invoice my household […]

Can parking be managed better?

Can parking be managed better?

I’m disappointed by the discussion of parking in Melbourne City Council’s draft Transport Strategy Update 2011-2030 (note – it’s a big download). There’s an opportunity to improve the efficiency of parking space allocation through using technology and pricing in combination, but Council seems content to pass on it. The broad thrust of the discussion in […]