Topic archives: Public Transport Users Association

Has the case been made for the West Gate Tunnel?

Has the case been made for the West Gate Tunnel?

August 15, 2017 2

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

July 30, 2015 16

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?

March 28, 2013 14

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?

February 22, 2013 35

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?

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

Does Melbourne need a subway?

Does Melbourne need a subway?

October 4, 2012 14

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?

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.”

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 […]

Is Bicycle Victoria (membership) worth it?

May 22, 2011 15

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 […]

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 […]

Is a busway right for Mernda?

October 30, 2010 20

If I lived in Mernda I’d be pretty unhappy that the Brumby Government (here and here) is only going to give me a bus service rather than extend the Epping rail line beyond the new station at South Morang. Sure, it’s Bus Rapid Transit with its own dedicated 7.5 km busway (here and here). And […]

Should public transport fares to the airport be subsidised?

August 10, 2010 13

It seems equitable to price fares to the airport in line with the Metlink tariffs but it makes more sense to avoid paying a subsidy - there are other uses for the money

Will an airport rail link reduce GHGs?

July 5, 2010 8

Even on the most generous assmptions, a rail link from Melbourne Airport to the CBD does not appear to be a cost-effective way of reducing the GHG emissions associated with airport-related bus, taxi and car travel.

Housekeeping – sources for my OpEd in The Age

March 19, 2010 9

A reader of my OpEd in today’s The Age (Problems with fringe-dwellers are peripheral) asked for more information on sources. That sort of technical detail is not welcomed by newspapers. So I’ve set out some of the key sources I’ve used over the fold. I’ve only included those where there is a link on the web […]

Does sprawl cause obesity?

March 15, 2010 6

I’m unconvinced by the argument that suburban sprawl is obesity’s best friend. I’m equally suspicious that higher density living is justified as a sensible response to obesity, as this story in the Sydney Morning Herald, How City Living Fights the Waistband Sprawl, contends. It’s not that I doubt there’s a correlation between obesity and distance […]