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How popular were trains, trams and cycling in 1951?

How popular were trains, trams and cycling in 1951?

Alan DaviesAug 17, 20154 Comments

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

Can the Greens' tram plan be taken seriously?

Can the Greens' tram plan be taken seriously?

Alan DaviesJul 17, 201441 Comments

The Victorian Greens are promising to extend Melbourne's tram network in the run up to the State election, but the party has no business plan and has seriously underestimated the cost

Lower fares are good politics, but are they good policy?

Lower fares are good politics, but are they good policy?

Alan DaviesMar 26, 201428 Comments

It’s an election year in Victoria and so the gravy train’s already leaving the station. It’s obvious the Government’s rattled on public transport and says it'll lower fares. But is that good policy?

Is improving public transport really this easy?

Is improving public transport really this easy?

Alan DaviesNov 25, 201229 Comments

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.

Do Melbourne's trams need conductors?

Alan DaviesOct 27, 201124 Comments

On the face of it, The Green's case for the reintroduction of tram conductors looks pretty convincing. They sa

Is this a real tram 'network'?

Alan DaviesJun 2, 201123 Comments

The Age reported on Yarra Tram's new pl

How can trams be made better?

Alan DaviesMay 10, 201127 Comments

As a follow-up to yesterday’s discussion on cars (and trams) in the c

Do we want cars in the city centre?

Alan DaviesMay 9, 201124 Comments

I’ve noted before that only 30% of commuters who work within the Hoddle G

W Class trams - is this a great opportunity?

Alan DaviesAug 17, 20103 Comments

Some of these shortcomings might not bother tourists or occasional users. But regular commuters expect much higher standards than the W Class was designed for. Since around 2005 Mel

Is Melbourne Bicycle Share all spin?

Alan DaviesJun 2, 201022 Comments

Melbourne's new bike sharing scheme addresses a need that doesn't exist and is designed so it will almost inevitably fail to attract users

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