Topic archives: trains

That was The week That was…

That was The week That was…

November 19, 2017 1

Tw3 provides a brief commentary on stories bearing on the delights and discontents of urbanism in the news over the week ending 19 November 2017

Is all-night weekend public transport value for money?

Is all-night weekend public transport value for money?

April 25, 2017 8

Melbourne's move to all-night public transport on Friday and Saturday nights is certainly appealing but there are many other ways such a huge sum of money could be spent

Friday links

March 31, 2017 1

Interesting, useful, sometimes provocative and occasionally amusing links for anyone interested in cities

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

What the hell is a bloody “metro” anyway?

What the hell is a bloody “metro” anyway?

December 2, 2015 3

The term ‘metro’ is thrown around a lot in discussions of better public transport but there’s precious little consistency in the way it's used or consensus about what a metro actually is

Recap: all the topics discussed by The Urbanist in September

November 13, 2015

Including cycling, Turnbull's cities policy, bike share, train strikes, walkability, suicide barriers, clustering, CBD towers, a museum of architecture, and more

Do anti-suicide barriers really save lives? Yes!

Do anti-suicide barriers really save lives? Yes!

September 10, 2015 3

It’s often argued that anti-suicide barriers at jumping sites are a waste of time: those intent on killing themselves go elsewhere. However a recent study says barriers really do save lives

How popular were trains, trams and cycling in 1951?

How popular were trains, trams and cycling in 1951?

August 17, 2015 4

Back in 1951, public transport still dominated the journey to work in Australian cities. For example, it accounted for more than half of work trips in Melbourne; only 20% of workers commuted by car

Do we need a wider focus than traffic congestion?

Do we need a wider focus than traffic congestion?

July 7, 2015 16

VicRoads acknowledges that addressing traffic congestion needs a wider view than simply building more roads. Sure, but preparing cities for the future also needs a broader view than congestion

Are trips by public transport and by car the same?

Are trips by public transport and by car the same?

June 11, 2015 15

Cars dominate travel in Sydney for all trip lengths over one kilometre. Seriously increasing public transport's mode share is an enormous challenge; it will require making cars less attractive

Is driving quicker than taking the train?

Is driving quicker than taking the train?

May 21, 2015 43

Policy-makers should look at these numbers. Journeys made by car in Sydney are much faster than journeys made by train; they're a long way from being substitutes for each other

Recap: all the topics discussed by The Urbanist last month

Recap: all the topics discussed by The Urbanist last month

May 14, 2015

A list of the articles published on The Urbanist in April 2015, including driving vs public transport, cycling to rail stations, designing memorials, living in high-rise towers, and more

Is rail performing at its peak in Australian cities?

Is rail performing at its peak in Australian cities?

April 20, 2015 19

Like other Australian cities, Sydney's rail system is consciously designed with the capacity to accommodate brief peaks of intense demand. Smoothing the peaks would reduce costs significantly

Recap: all the topics discussed by The Urbanist in March

Recap: all the topics discussed by The Urbanist in March

April 10, 2015

A list of the articles published on The Urbanist in the previous month ranging across cycling, trains, favourite cities, heritage, major events, architecture, driving, skyscrapers and apartments

Did the ABC fact checkers get it right on train punctuality?

Did the ABC fact checkers get it right on train punctuality?

November 28, 2014

ABC Fact Check reckons the Napthine government's claim of improved train punctuality on its watch is right and unhappy commuters are wrong. But the ABC's methodology is flawed

Could an Andrews government really deliver on this promise?

Could an Andrews government really deliver on this promise?

November 24, 2014 14

One of Victorian Labor's key election promises is to remove 50 of Melbourne's worst level crossings over 8 years. If it wins government it might've promised more than it can deliver

Do barriers reduce the number of suicides?

Do barriers reduce the number of suicides?

September 10, 2014 11

It's often argued that anti-suicide barriers at jumping sites are a waste of time: those intent on killing themselves go elsewhere. However a recent study says barriers really do save lives

An Accumulation of links for urbanists

An Accumulation of links for urbanists

May 24, 2013 4

Including America's most bikeable neighbourhoods, love trains, lost buildings, world's most expensive train station, breakthrough technologies, and are shopping arcades the new laneways?,...

Acts of (non) random kindness on trains

Acts of (non) random kindness on trains

May 7, 2013 6

There's plenty to complain about with cities but sometimes it's refreshing to think about the positive things. In this project, train travellers are invited to report acts of kindness given and received

Is improving public transport really this easy?

Is improving public transport really this easy?

November 25, 2012 29

Fairfax contributor John Legge has a $35 billion vision for the future of public transport that's proving popular with readers. Sadly, it's not that simple.