Topic archives: road pricing

Driverless cars: will public transport be a winner?

Driverless cars: will public transport be a winner?

March 13, 2018 10

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

Are there easy fixes for traffic congestion?

Are there easy fixes for traffic congestion?

November 1, 2017 10

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

Congestion charging: are these criticisms fatal?

Congestion charging: are these criticisms fatal?

October 10, 2017 11

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

Is congestion charging too inequitable?

Is congestion charging too inequitable?

October 4, 2017 6

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

Weekend reading 30 September

September 29, 2017

Thursday reading

June 29, 2017

Interesting links for urbanists

Is congestion charging just too unfair to bother with?

Is congestion charging just too unfair to bother with?

December 1, 2016 5

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

Recap: all the issues discussed by The Urbanist in September

Recap: all the issues discussed by The Urbanist in September

November 3, 2016

Shoebox apartments, trailer parks, regional dormitories, cycling, gender balance, India, dull Sydney, level crossings, heritage, infrastructure, road pricing, neighbours, and more

Can the politics be taken out of infrastructure planning?

Can the politics be taken out of infrastructure planning?

October 5, 2016 17

Infrastructure Victoria's draft 30-year strategy was only public for a few hours before politicians started putting the presumptuous upstart back in its box

Is it time to get serious about road pricing?

Is it time to get serious about road pricing?

September 22, 2016 6

Recent positive comments by urban Infrastructure Minister Paul Fletcher indicate it's time for governments to actively pursue implementing road pricing in Australia

Do motorists pay their way?

Do motorists pay their way?

June 2, 2016 9

The idea of congestion charging would be easier to "sell" if the focus were on replacing revenue from existing taxes and charges like the fuel excise and registration fees

Would a world of driverless cars be all beer and skittles?

Would a world of driverless cars be all beer and skittles?

June 30, 2015 23

A speculation on some of the wider and less commonly cited changes - not all positive - that might happen in a would where autonomous vehicles have replaced human controlled vehicles

What can we do about traffic congestion?

What can we do about traffic congestion?

April 18, 2013 60

A new report shows governments aren't doing enough to tackle traffic congestion. Cities can't build their way out of congestion - they need to address the demand for driving by charging for use of roads

Would road pricing lead to more driving?

Would road pricing lead to more driving?

November 13, 2012 32

Putting a price on road space seems like a good idea but some analysts argue it could actually increase the amount of driving. In fact there's a point of view that says it would be better to promote traffic congestion.

Shouldn’t we talk about road pricing?

Shouldn’t we talk about road pricing?

September 9, 2012 46

The Chair of Infrastructure Australia, Sir Rod Eddington, called for a “mature and dispassionate” discussion about road pricing on Friday. Good, I wholeheartedly agree. This should be the number one issue for discussion nationally in planning the future of our cities.

Do new freeways signify progress?

Do new freeways signify progress?

July 1, 2012 24

According to Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, “almost nothing signifies progress more than new roads.” That line is from the speech he gave to the Federal Council of the Liberal Party on Saturday when he announced the Coalition’s Plan to Reduce Traffic Congestion. The Coalition’s Plan comprises a $4 billion commitment to accelerate construction of […]

Should new freeways be tolled?

Should new freeways be tolled?

June 18, 2012 13

The CEO of South Australia’s Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, Mr Rod Hook, is reported to have said the only way the state will get any money from the Federal Government for new freeways is if it imposes a toll on users. Unlike Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, Adelaide doesn’t have any tolled roads (neither […]

Is congestion charging a good idea?

Is congestion charging a good idea?

May 14, 2012 26

Every time Governments contemplate massive investments in urban road infrastructure, it’s instructive to bear in mind there’s a much better alternative. Instead of building something gargantuan like a road tunnel, they could instead elect to implement congestion charging across the metropolitan area. This involves charging motorists for the use of road space. Ideally, the charge […]

Does business oppose congestion charging?

June 21, 2011 16

I’m very disappointed with the line one of the State’s largest employer associations, VECCI, is taking on road congestion charging. This issue was raised in a report prepared by consultants Acil Tasman for the Competition Commission’s (VCEC) inquiry into a State-based reform agenda. Congestion imposes such a high cost on business – whether freight or personal […]

Do we want cars in the city centre?

May 9, 2011 24

I’ve noted before that only 30% of commuters who work within the Hoddle Grid – i.e. the area bounded by Spring, Flinders, Spencer and La Trobe streets – drive to work. However only a block or two beyond the city rail loop, the share of work trips taken by car increases steeply to 50-60%, and […]