Comparing the costs of ostensibly similar infrastructure projects is a fraught exercise. Differences in scope are often overlooked; it’s vital to compare like with like Infrastructure costs: is like always compared with like?
Articles from The Melbourne Urbanist
A “dispersed network” is the smart approach to public transport but politics means the Greens Transit City plan for Perth leaves most of the important questions unanswered Is the Greens Transit City a good but half-baked idea?
Including Turnbull's Cities Plan, safe cycling, heritage, schools, dogs, HSR, public transport, Fairfax, bottle shops, railway stations, and autonomous vehicles
Biz Shrapnel reckons it’s time to build; construction costs are plummeting and governments have a “window” of opportunity – it might not last – to spend on infrastructure Is it time to ramp-up infrastructure spending?
In an astonishing display of sanity – especially during an election campaign – the Turnbull Government has backed away from its earlier enthusiasm for High Speed Rail Is the High Speed Rail bandwagon slowing down?
There are doubts about whether the one-metre overtaking law increases safety for cyclists, but that’s not the only rationale for the law; it has an important symbolic role in promoting cycling Is the one-metre cycling law a sensible reform?
The Greens election promises include $1 Billion to build a rail line to Melbourne Airport. Probably good politics but it’s doubtful it’s good policy Should Melbourne Airport rail be an election issue?
If Malcolm Turnbull’s idea of the 30-minute city is going to work anywhere it should work for traditionally local trips like getting to high school, shouldn’t it? Does Turnbull’s ’30-minute city’ work for secondary school trips?
It’s an ultra low-cost option with real potential to provide mobility in increasingly congested inner areas. Cycling warrants a massive increase in funding for infrastructure Should cycling get a huge increase in funding?
Just like the major parties, the Greens’ transport policy for the 2016 election is mostly about looking good rather than proposing policies that will make a real difference Is the Greens’ transport policy vote-bait?