We’d like to welcome you to INQ, Crikey’s ambitious new inquiry journalism initiative. Starting June 24, INQ investigative reporting — lifting the rocks, connecting the dots, following the money trail and exposing misuse of power — will appear regularly in Crikey.
We look forward to sharing this exciting new phase with you.
Tamsin Creed, Publisher
It's a popular idea, but the revenue foregone from abolishing fares in a city like Melbourne would have a bigger impact if it were instead spent on making public transport more competitive with driving
Citizen Juries are generally great PR for agencies and businesses, but as this recent case shows, they're an artificial environment. The practical conclusions that can be drawn from their deliberations are limited
The prospect of autonomous vehicles causes worry but they might provide public and shared modes of transport with a big boost in competitiveness relative to private vehicles
Politicans like to sell new roads and rail lines as the solution to traffic congestion but it's an illusion. There are no quick or politically easy fixes for peak-hour traffic
There are a number of key criticisms of congestion charging; they carry weight and must be addressed in implementation, but no, they're not fatal flaws
Congestion charging shouldn't be peremptorily written off as inequitable without examining closely how it would work and who the likely winners and losers would be
Some progressives are concerned about the equity effects of congestion charging and are reluctant to support it. It needs to be evaluated at the level of the entire tax/transfer system
Shoebox apartments, trailer parks, regional dormitories, cycling, gender balance, India, dull Sydney, level crossings, heritage, infrastructure, road pricing, neighbours, and more