Federal Labor’s promise to contribute $10 billion toward the cost of the $50 billion Melbourne suburban rail loop shows it’s prepared to see a generation or two of infrastructure funding pissed away if it offers a political advantage Should Shorten fund Melbourne’s suburban rail loop?
Articles from The Melbourne Urbanist
Labor’s policy on electrical vehicles (EVs) is probably good politics but it offers little substance in support of its optimistic targets. And there’s a lot it doesn’t address Is Labor serious about electric vehicles?
The federal Coalition’s latest promise to spend up big on transport infrastructure and reform housing policy in cities policy looks more like electoral desperation than good sense How desperate can the Morrison government get?
Could powered two-wheelers be a game-changer for urban travel? Although there’s never been a strong tradition of cycling in Australia’s capitals like there is in many European cities, the availability of battery powered bicycles and scooters is potentially a game-changer
The start of the year is an opportune time to take a big-picture view of the state of passenger transport in Australia’s major urban areas. The key challenge for policy-makers is to “tame” the car Where to with transport in our capital cities?
The Andrews Government secured a massive swing at Saturday’s Victorian election in large measure because it wowed and delighted cynical voters by building productive infrastructure sooner rather than later Is infrastructure why Victorian voters swung so decisively to Labor?
For the last 14 years car travel in Melbourne grew slower than both population and public transport travel, but it’s still increasing in absolute terms Is growth in driving really outstripping surging population?
Riders aren’t glorified pedestrians; cycling is a mode of transport that belongs on dedicated on-road and off-road paths. The growing popularity of power-assisted bicycles makes cycling on footpaths by adults a doubtful proposition Should adult cyclists be permitted on footpaths?
There’s very little reason to think the Andrews government’s promised suburban loop rail line will catalyse jobs growth in suburban centres on a scale that even remotely justifies the cost Is Melbourne’s promised loop rail line justified by jobs growth in suburban centres?
Progressives and public transport advocates should be calling the Andrews government out on its nakedly political suburban rail “loop” ploy, not falling for it. There’s a much better alternative that could deliver real benefits Isn’t there a much, much better way to do cross-city public transport?