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Has the case been made for the West Gate Tunnel?

Has the case been made for the West Gate Tunnel?

Alan Davies August 15, 2017 2 Comments

More problems are coming to light with the proposed West Gate Tunnel in Melbourne. The Government needs to do a better job of explaining and justifying this project

The need for Melbourne Metro is far from clear

The need for Melbourne Metro is far from clear

Alan Davies July 30, 2015 16 Comments

Guest writer Liam Egerton argues there's a simpler, cheaper and quicker option for creating a modern metro in Melbourne than the proposed $9-$11 billion Melbourne Metro tunnel under the CBD

What’s the long-term rail plan for Melbourne?

What’s the long-term rail plan for Melbourne?

Alan Davies March 28, 2013 14 Comments

Yet another public transport report was released in Victoria yesterday! This time, Public Transport Victoria released its Network Plan for Melbourne’s rail system over the next 20-30 years

Does lousy service justify fare evasion?

Does lousy service justify fare evasion?

Alan Davies February 22, 2013 35 Comments

Any optimist who thinks civic virtue is flourishing in our cities should have a look at the ease with which public transport fare evaders rationalise and justify their behaviour

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 Melbourne need a subway?

Does Melbourne need a subway?

Alan Davies October 4, 2012 14 Comments

Jeff Kennett and Peter Newman think creating a rail subway in Melbourne would be visionary, but it wouldn't address the key factors that drive public transport demand.

What next for the Public Transport Users Association?

What next for the Public Transport Users Association?

Alan Davies September 18, 2012 14 Comments

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.”

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 […]

Do public transport and road pricing go together?

Alan Davies September 6, 2011 22 Comments

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 […]

Is Bicycle Victoria (membership) worth it?

Alan Davies May 22, 2011 15 Comments

It’s with some regret I report I’ve let my membership of Bicycle Victoria (BV) lapse. I had a call last week from one of BV’s sales people asking me if I would front up $150 to continue my family membership for another year. I said no. In 2009 my family membership was $120. Last year […]