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?
Articles from The Melbourne Urbanist
The Andrews government’s planned $50 billion loop rail line around outer suburban Melbourne signals Victorian Labor has joined the other parties in giving up on rational urban policy Has Daniel Andrews gone loopy over rail?
The Age’s comparison of the density of Melbourne’s CBD with the density of New York City might massage the prejudices of its readers, but it’s rubbish Is Melbourne the new New York? Advertisements
It promised a lot, but this month oBike walked away from Melbourne after just one year. The key problem was the same one faced by all forms of cycling in Australian cities What can we learn from oBike’s demise? Advertisements
The recommendation that Melbourne’s Festival Hall be listed on the state Heritage Register highlights the shortcomings of the current approach to heritage Does Festival Hall warrant heritage protection?
A rail line from Melbourne airport to the CBD will very likely be necessary one day, but an upgraded SkyBus can do the job in the short-to-medium term at vastly lower cost Is Melbourne Airport’s SkyBus up to the job?
Understanding that most jobs are outside the city centre is vital, because the challenges they present for transport infrastructure policy are more complex and more politically difficult Why does it matter that most jobs aren’t in the city centre?
There’s a meme that most recent jobs growth in Australia’s largest cities is now in the city centre. Not true; a lot is, but nowhere near most Are the jobs in the centre of the city?
The prospect of autonomous vehicles causes worry but they might provide public and shared modes of transport with a big boost in competitiveness relative to private vehicles Driverless cars: will public transport be a winner?
Our major cities require a more sophisticated understanding of the role of fringe development in accommodating forecast growth than reflexively dismissing it out of hand as “sprawl” What’s wrong (and right) with “suburban sprawl”? Advertisements