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Is High Speed Rail a no-brainer or a boondoggle?

Is High Speed Rail a no-brainer or a boondoggle?

Alan DaviesAug 8, 201337 Comments

The Greens want to accelerate construction of High Speed Rail between Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Many progressives take it as given that HSR is obviously a good thing, but is it?

What are the benefits of east coast High Speed Rail?

What are the benefits of east coast High Speed Rail?

Alan DaviesNov 30, 201225 Comments

The Greens released a report this week claiming an east coast High Speed Rail line would deliver benefits of $48 billion. Trouble is, it would cost much more than this to build and would mainly benefit regional leisure travellers

Do Tiger Airway's woes mean we need HSR?

Alan DaviesJul 6, 201110 Comments

I guess it was only a matter of time before someone would see Tiger Airway’s current troubles as evidence Australia needs High Speed Rail (HSR) between Sydney and Melbourne. That s

Is High Speed Rail the new NBN?

Alan DaviesNov 3, 20108 Comments

The Federal Minister for Transport, Anthony Albanese, released the Terms of Reference

HSR feasibility study: what should it address?

Alan DaviesSep 18, 20105 Comments

There’s a long history of rent-seeking in Australia over major projects. Business puts a lot of effort into lobbying government and the media to subsidise projects the private secto

What will high speed rail do for regional development?

Alan DaviesAug 2, 201012 Comments

There is very little evidence that high speed rail will enhance regional development

High speed rail - are the Greens as shallow as the rest?

Alan DaviesAug 1, 201012 Comments

The Greens call for a high speed rail connection between Sydney and Melbourne is populism at its worst.

Forecasting patronage: it's easy, isn't it?

Alan DaviesJul 4, 20102 Comments

California's High Speed Rail project provides another instance of the high level of risk involved in forecasting patronage

The VFT and Green's preferences

Alan DaviesJun 19, 20103 Comments

Gary Johns thinks the Very Fast Train might be the price the Government pays for Green preferences at the next Federal election

Has the very fast train run out of steam?

Alan DaviesMay 26, 20109 Comments

He asserts that: (a) high speed rail works in Europe, China and Japan, (b) the US is now building high speed rail projects, (c) rail is faster, more comfortable and more convenient

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