Topic archives: PTUA

Is Melbourne Airport’s SkyBus up to the job?

Is Melbourne Airport’s SkyBus up to the job?

May 14, 2018 21

A rail line from Melbourne airport to the CBD will very likely be necessary one day, but an upgraded SkyBus can do the job in the short-to-medium term at vastly lower cost

Can the politics be taken out of infrastructure planning?

Can the politics be taken out of infrastructure planning?

October 5, 2016 17

Infrastructure Victoria's draft 30-year strategy was only public for a few hours before politicians started putting the presumptuous upstart back in its box

Is this a fair comparison of transport promises?

Is this a fair comparison of transport promises?

June 29, 2016 1

This table showing the election promises of the three major parties on public transport should be useful but it frames the information in a way that blatantly favours one party

Is it high time Melbourne got a rail line to the airport?

November 16, 2015 15

64 of the world's busiest airports are served by heavy or light rail but Melbourne Airport, which ranks 50th, isn't. Wisely, the Victorian Government has no plans to build a rail line yet

Would a rail line to Doncaster really “get cars off the freeway”?

Would a rail line to Doncaster really “get cars off the freeway”?

December 11, 2014 41

The Greens appear to have had a change of heart on Melbourne Metro but the party's support for a rail line to Doncaster is mystifying. It's not a project progressives should regard as a priority

Vale Paul Mees

Vale Paul Mees

June 20, 2013 7

Public transport thinker, researcher, educator and advocate Paul Mees died yesterday from cancer, aged 52. He made a major contribution to international understanding of transport.

What if no new city centre rail lines were built?

What if no new city centre rail lines were built?

May 1, 2013 22

The chances of getting the massive funding required to build major urban rail projects any time soon don't look promising. What might happen to our cities if they're never built?

Are all new urban rail lines wise investments?

Are all new urban rail lines wise investments?

March 18, 2013 12

Our cities desperately need investment in public transport. It's vitally important limited funds are spent on good projects that deliver, not devalued by populism or wasted on pork-barrelling

Do public transport fares cost too much?

Do public transport fares cost too much?

February 21, 2013 37

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

What next for the Public Transport Users Association?

What next for the Public Transport Users Association?

September 18, 2012 14

I’m disappointed The Age ran a story this week with the lede: “After almost 10 years in the role, Melbourne’s chief complainer about public transport has finally had enough.” The headline was just as rude: “Transport mouthpiece to step down.”

Should cars be subsidised?

Should cars be subsidised?

May 20, 2012 19

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that private cars are massively subsidised. Indeed, cars are an object lesson in the consequences of under-pricing. Because we don’t take account of the social costs of driving when we get behind the wheel, we drive too often, too far and in vehicles that are too large. Our cities sprawl, […]

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

December 10, 2011 12

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 […]

Do public transport and road pricing go together?

September 6, 2011 22

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 […]

Should replacing level crossings be given higher priority?

August 16, 2011 16

The Committee for Melbourne has called for a $17.2 billion program to remove all Melbourne’s level crossings over the next 20 years. The Committee says just two separations of road and rail were constructed by the Kennett government and two by the Bracks/Brumby government. While Melbourne has 172 level crossings, Sydney tackled the issue years […]

Is management of public transport a mess?

November 9, 2010 10

It seems the way management structures and processes are arranged is still the key public transport solution being advanced in the Victorian election campaign. The first three points in the Green’s Six Point Transport Plan all relate to governance and management. Now the Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) has released this chaotic flowchart with the […]