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Is Melbourne Airport’s SkyBus up to the job?

Is Melbourne Airport’s SkyBus up to the job?

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?

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?

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?

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

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”?

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

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?

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?

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?

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?

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.”