Topic archives: train

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 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

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 the impact on trains kill the case for this road?

Does the impact on trains kill the case for this road?

December 20, 2016 6

It's estimated Melbourne's proposed North East Link motorway will reduce train boardings by 25,000 per day - sounds awful, but as usual there's more to it

Is Fairfax off-track (again) on Melbourne airport rail?

Is Fairfax off-track (again) on Melbourne airport rail?

October 10, 2016 6

It's only been a week, but The Sunday Age was back again yesterday with another fabulously titillating invention about a rail line to Melbourne Airport

Should removal of this level crossing get priority?

Should removal of this level crossing get priority?

September 16, 2016 2

Two deaths this week at a Melbourne level crossing prompted calls to prioritise its removal. But it's a much more complex decision; there are other important issues to take into account

Will new rail lines save the planet?

Will new rail lines save the planet?

July 4, 2016 3

The justification for a big investment like the $11 Billion Melbourne Metro isn't to save the planet (it will do very little to reduce GHGs); it's to improve transport

Fantasy tram map 2048, Melbourne

Fantasy tram map 2048, Melbourne

May 19, 2016 9

Here's a parallel universe "fantasy" vision of what Melbourne's tram network could look like in 30 years time given more money and more acceptance from motorists

How important is public transport?

How important is public transport?

April 20, 2016 10

New data provides valuable and possibly surprising insights into how Australian city dwellers use public transport and its potential to change the nature of urban travel

Melbourne fantasy rail map 2047

Melbourne fantasy rail map 2047

March 9, 2016 11

It seems everyone loves a 'fantasy' map of how the rail network in their city might look in a parallel universe of more money. This is a vision of what Melbourne could look like in 2047

Will Infrastructure Victoria improve the standard of political promises?

Will Infrastructure Victoria improve the standard of political promises?

August 5, 2015 3

Victoria's Opposition reckons the lack of a rail line to Melbourne Airport is a major and pressing problem for the city. Evaluating claims like this must be a key role of Infrastructure Victoria

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

Does getting to work take way too long?

Does getting to work take way too long?

July 14, 2015 5

Bill Shorten's claim that most workers spend excessive time traveling to work by car isn't true. The key issue isn’t time; it's how many kilometres workers commute and what mode they use

What would it take to justify rail to Melbourne Airport?

What would it take to justify rail to Melbourne Airport?

June 23, 2015 30

A rail line to Melbourne Airport won't make economic sense for decades yet under standard assumptions but there's a (politically courageous) scenario where it could work now

Should Melbourne Metro have a station at Sth Yarra?

Should Melbourne Metro have a station at Sth Yarra?

May 19, 2015 6

Refusing to build a station in busy Sth Yarra as part of its promised Melbourne Metro rail line seems counter to good planning practice and looks politically risky for the Andrews Government