Topic archives: public transport

If the rail workers can’t do it, when can we actually strike?

January 29, 2018 33

The defusing of Sydney rail-worker's threat to strike has raised once again the question of how free our right to strike really is.

Crikey Worm: NDIS flaws force 15-month hospital stay

January 15, 2018

Good morning, early birds. A woman has spent 15 months in hospital due to bureaucratic inefficiency. Plus, the Greens announce a nationwide campaign to change the date of Australia Day. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

Legally Binding: people who eat hot chips on public transport must be brought to justice

December 4, 2017 8

Eating hot chips on the train is a serious breach of etiquette, as writer, broadcaster and legal expert Lorin Clarke explains in this amendment to the Social Contract.

Will Australians be living in ’20-minute cities’ by the middle of this century?

Will Australians be living in ’20-minute cities’ by the middle of this century?

August 10, 2017 2

Living within a 20-minute walk of your work, your supermarket, your gym, your doctor, your friends and family, etc, sounds like a very nice idea, but is it feasible?

Racism doesn’t start on the bus, so why the media obsession with shaming PT ranters?

Racism doesn’t start on the bus, so why the media obsession with shaming PT ranters?

June 6, 2017 10

The fixation on public transport “rants” is curious. These acts are rarely discussed as symptoms of broader social sicknesses.

Is 24-hour public transport really such a good idea?

Is 24-hour public transport really such a good idea?

May 1, 2017 7

Victorian Premier Dan Andrews' "Night Network" is the worst kind of initiative because it was an election promise made from opposition with scant analysis or regard for what’s good policy.

It’s time we actively reduced the number of private cars on the road

January 30, 2017 12

However, improving public transport, by itself, won't reduce our reliance on private vehicles.

Yes, we need to introduce congestion pricing. Here’s how to do it.

December 14, 2016 8

The key is to not let the perfect become the enemy of the good.

Parking at the station? Time to pony up

July 26, 2016 4

Commuter parking at outer suburban railway stations is usually free, leading to peak period shortages. The first step to addressing this should be to charge for it.

Infrastructure policy challenge has been laid bare — and voters won’t like it

February 17, 2016 17

A major new Infrastructure Australia report shows just how difficult the challenge of getting infrastructure right is, especially in transport.

Abbott presides over a lost year on infrastructure

Abbott presides over a lost year on infrastructure

May 6, 2015 16

Despite proclaiming himself the "infrastructure Prime Minister", Tony Abbott has wasted 20 months as construction falls.

Do cars or trains cost society more?

Do cars or trains cost society more?

April 24, 2015 11

If you thought subsidies for public transport were greater than those for cars, think again.

Going Dutch: look to the Netherlands to encourage cycling in Australia

March 16, 2015

Cycling in Australia was much bigger historically than it is now -- approaching 10% mode share during WWII.

The one election promise we’d love to see Abbott break

The one election promise we’d love to see Abbott break

March 9, 2015 5

Tony Abbott could win a lot of votes with a small outlay if he switched his focus from roads to public transport, writes urban strategy expert Vivienne Skinner.

If public transport is so much cheaper than driving, why do people commute by car?

If public transport is so much cheaper than driving, why do people commute by car?

January 22, 2015

A public transport lobby group claims commuters could save $10,000 a year by ditching the car and using transport. That isn't quite true, but it would save cash. So why do people drive?

Sydneysiders ditch the car, but congestion remains

Sydneysiders ditch the car, but congestion remains

January 16, 2015

New data shows Sydneysiders are making fewer trips by car. One possible explanation is they’re increasingly using the internet for routine personal and work-related business tasks instead of driving.

Public transport won’t save the planet — and it doesn’t need to

Public transport won’t save the planet — and it doesn’t need to

January 15, 2015

Regardless of its environmental impact, investing in public transport infrastructure is still a very good idea.

What would it take to build a tram network the size of Melbourne’s?

What would it take to build a tram network the size of Melbourne’s?

January 6, 2015

Melbourne is fortunate it inherited the largest tram network in the world, because building something like it today -- say in a city such as Sydney -- would be extraordinarily expensive and difficult.

What will the Andrews government do for public transport?

December 2, 2014

There are some conspicuous omissions in the costings of Dan Andrews' election promises. Will the incoming Labor government

Memo to Daniel Andrews: voters care about transport after all

Memo to Daniel Andrews: voters care about transport after all

October 6, 2014 3

Ahead of the Victorian state election, Labor is spruiking some worthwhile policies on public transport. But does anyone believe Andrews will deliver?