Topic archives: RACV

Is this (suburban) motorway a good idea?

Is this (suburban) motorway a good idea?

April 27, 2017 11

The Andrews Government's decision to build Melbourne's North East Link lacks transparency and analysis, but the idea of suburban motorways shouldn't be dismissed out of hand

Is urban transport too expensive?

Is urban transport too expensive?

August 23, 2016

The Australian Automobile Association reckons transport - especially driving - costs too much: it says households spend a "staggering" 13.3% of their weekly budget on transport

Will ever-bigger fines stop trucks smashing into rail bridges?

Will ever-bigger fines stop trucks smashing into rail bridges?

February 3, 2016 10

Trucks always seem to be hitting overhead rail bridges causing disruption and endangering other road users. But ever-bigger fines aren't likely to do much to address the problem

Labor’s promise on level crossings: what are the issues?

Labor’s promise on level crossings: what are the issues?

September 15, 2014 31

Labor in Victoria is promising to remove 50 of Melbourne's 180 level crossings if it wins the State election on 29 November. Sounds like a "no brainer", but what are the key issues?

Does removing level crossings benefit public transport?

Does removing level crossings benefit public transport?

September 5, 2013 15

There's a view that removing level crossings benefits traffic but not public transport. In fact both can benefit, however it has to be part of a strategic program to remove all crossings on a rail line

Is the East-West Link now a hot property?

Is the East-West Link now a hot property?

August 22, 2013 4

Eight industry lobby groups have come out publicly in support of Melbourne's proposed East-West Link. On the evidence available, it doesn't seem like it's in the best interests of their members

Should drivers give up roadspace for cyclists?

Should drivers give up roadspace for cyclists?

March 26, 2013 18

The Herald-Sun and the RACV are united in their opposition to plans by Melbourne Cty Council to take roadspace in the CBD away from cars and give it to cyclists. Do they have a case?

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 bus lanes be shared?

November 8, 2011 17

The Government’s announcement this week that motorcycles will be able to travel in the bus lane on Hoddle St for a six month trial period revealed a surprising diversity of views about who should and shouldn’t be able to travel in bus lanes. At present, only buses and bicycles can use the bus lane on […]

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 the proposed airport train off the rails?

April 19, 2011 11

The idea of a high-speed Melbourne Airport-to-CBD rail line is in the news yet again, this time advocated by the RACV. You’ve got to give the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria its due. While simultaneously calling for roadworks to reduce congestion and improvements to traffic flow in Hoddle Street, it’s morphing into a general transport lobby […]

Does driving cost less than transit?

March 13, 2011 16

With petrol prices spiking upwards, it’s a good time to examine the relative cost of driving versus public transport. You can save a lot of cash if you’re prepared to live without a car, but you’ll pay in other ways. According to the RACV’s 2010 Driving Your Dollar survey, it costs $10,668 p.a. on average […]

Does the RACV truly think long term?

October 11, 2010 4

The Age published details on Monday of what it says is a leaked Vicroads “plan for hundreds of kilometres of new freeways”. The “plan” is actually just a map showing how Melbourne’s road network might look in 2040. Vicroads isn’t conceding that it prepared the map but it isn’t denying it either. Most of the […]

Is Melbourne Bicycle Share getting better?

July 7, 2010 8

Despite the novelty factor, use of Melbourne's bicycle rental scheme has been very low in the initial weeks. It's seems unlikely a few more Bixis will save it - there are more fundamental problems to address

Melbourne Bike Share – how can the Government save face?

June 8, 2010 10

Making Melbourne Bicycle Share a success requires a radical rethink of the concept. It needs to be repositioned as a tourism service.

Is Melbourne Bicycle Share all spin?

June 2, 2010 22

Melbourne's new bike sharing scheme addresses a need that doesn't exist and is designed so it will almost inevitably fail to attract users

Electric cars could have 10-20% of the market in 10 years

March 22, 2010

Evan Thornley, the CEO of Better Place Australia, predicted on Inside Business yesterday that plug-in vehicles will have 10-20% of the Australian vehicle market by 2020 and the entire national vehicle fleet will have transitioned from petrol to electricity in 20-25 years. Better Place Australia, which is in the business of providing the support infrastructure […]