Topic archives: rail

Is Melbourne Airport’s SkyBus up to the job?

Is Melbourne Airport’s SkyBus up to the job?

May 14, 2018 19

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

What’s the problem airport rail would solve?

What’s the problem airport rail would solve?

October 31, 2017 33

There needs to be a clear and focused justification for spending billions of dollars on building a rail line from the CBD to Melbourne Airport

Is this the end for BRT in Doncaster?

Is this the end for BRT in Doncaster?

October 3, 2017 4

The Victorian Government won't say why it's turned down a proposal from a private company to build a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system from Doncaster to the city centre

Is subsidising airport rail fares the way to go?

Is subsidising airport rail fares the way to go?

September 27, 2017 16

The fare travellers will pay - whether less than $5 or more than $25 - is a key issue in planning for a mass transit connection between Melbourne Airport and the city centre

Should airport trains also serve metro passengers?

Should airport trains also serve metro passengers?

September 26, 2017 12

One of the key issues that needs to be worked through in planning mass transit access to airports is integration with the existing rail network

What are the key issues for Melbourne Airport rail?

What are the key issues for Melbourne Airport rail?

September 20, 2017 14

The solution is seen as a single rail line, but it should be conceived as the package of infrastructure and policies that will best improve the accessibility of Melbourne Airport

Weekend reading 12 August

August 11, 2017

A regional rail fantasy map

A regional rail fantasy map

August 8, 2017 3

Here's master mapmaker Adam Mattinson's vision of what a high quality regional rail network could look like in Victoria. Sheer fantasy, you say?

Is public transport the only solution to congestion?

Is public transport the only solution to congestion?

August 1, 2017 15

Public transport is a big part of the answer to congestion but it can't do it alone. But congestion isn't the only big issue; so is providing access to places as population grows

Weekend reading, July 15/16

July 15, 2017

Weekend reading July 1 2017

Weekend reading July 1 2017

July 1, 2017

Interesting links for urbanists

Weekend reading, June 24 2017

June 23, 2017

Interesting links for urbanists

Should Doncaster BRT be a priority?

Should Doncaster BRT be a priority?

June 13, 2017 7

A private proposal to build and operate a Bus Rapid Transit system in Doncaster looks promising but taxpayers will ultimately pay for it; so it's vital to make sure it's a high priority

The Melbourne Subway Map (a rail fantasy)

The Melbourne Subway Map (a rail fantasy)

May 17, 2017 1

A fantastical vision from mapmaker Adam Mattinson of what a subway underneath Melbourne's inner suburbs could look like if it were as connected as Tokyo's famous system

Is an airport train to the CBD the whole story?

Is an airport train to the CBD the whole story?

May 16, 2017 17

The Victorian and Federal governments have different strategies for Melbourne Airport rail but there's a lot more to the transport task at Tullamarine than a train to the CBD

Melbourne ‘fantasy rail map 2070’

Melbourne ‘fantasy rail map 2070’

May 10, 2017 7

Adam Mattinson's 2070 fantasy rail map incorporates almost every rail line ever proposed for Melbourne, as well as historic lines decommissioned during the 1950s and 60s

Does Sydney Airport really charge train travellers too much?

Does Sydney Airport really charge train travellers too much?

April 19, 2017 5

The assertion that rail travellers pay a $7.96 access fee to Sydney Airport on top of the Opal fare is wrong and lets the NSW Government off the hook

What’s Turnbull’s airport rail adventure all about?

What’s Turnbull’s airport rail adventure all about?

April 10, 2017 15

The funding the Turnbull Government says it will provide to Victoria in next month’s budget for a rail line from the CBD to Melbourne Airport is about politics, not good policy

A proposal for a Melbourne Ring Metro

A proposal for a Melbourne Ring Metro

March 13, 2017 18

Melbourne needs an orbital or "ring" light metro linking major suburban centres to take radial trips off the road system, argues guest writer Dr Garry Glazebrook

What’s government done to make public transport better?

What’s government done to make public transport better?

February 13, 2017 7

A look at what successive governments have done over the last twenty or so years to improve the attractiveness of train travel in Melbourne