Topic archives: transport

Is there a moral and economic imperative to vandalise share bikes?

May 2, 2018 16

Dockless share bikes unfairly compete with other transport options by imposing costs on the community. It's up to the community to correct that.

Inland rail’s dirty secret

March 20, 2018 23

The inland rail project is based on a sizeable subsidy to coal exporters just to get someone to use what its backers even admit is a white elephant.

Turnbull’s infrastructure plans built on shaky ground, but escape proper scrutiny

May 24, 2017 10

There's no evidence we're getting infrastructure spending or decision-making right at the Commonwealth level.

Coming soon: why you should have to pay to drive

November 24, 2016 20

The government has announced further steps in the development of its infrastructure plans -- including a brave inquiry into charging motorists for their road use.

Keep on truckin’

April 15, 2016

Crikey readers discuss foreign policy and other issues of the day.

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.

Cycling: how do Australian cities compare with Paris?

Cycling: how do Australian cities compare with Paris?

January 12, 2015

Cycling along the Seine may have a certain je ne sais quois, but Australia's inner city cyclists are keen to close the gap.

Would a train to Melbourne Airport be worth it?

Would a train to Melbourne Airport be worth it?

November 27, 2014

There are numerous reasons to think a Tullamarine rail link is not only financially irresponsible, but also unnecessary from a transport and city planning perspective.

Transport: Australia’s ‘Cleopatra problem’

August 1, 2013

Much like the 1963 film, monstrous construction costs are the biggest impediment to new transport infrastructure projects, writes Alan Davies.

Here’s the full story on workplace deaths under Labor

Here’s the full story on workplace deaths under Labor

July 8, 2013 17

As the pink batts program hits the front pages again, there's plenty of finger-pointing at Labor over workplace deaths. Look at the full picture, however, and it's a very different story.

High-speed rail just doesn’t add up — time to move on

April 12, 2013 61

The new report on high-speed rail shows that in Australia the numbers simply don't add up for it. And won't for many, many decades. It's time we all moved on.

Bring on the $114 billion high-speed rail network — it’s a no brainer

Bring on the $114 billion high-speed rail network — it’s a no brainer

April 11, 2013 22

Melbourne to Sydney by rail in under three hours? Don't listen to the inflated forecasts of cost and time that the federal government has released today, argues Tim Bohm, president of the Bullet Train for Australia political party. It's a no-brainer -- build it.

High-speed rail: pulling a very fast one on capital

August 5, 2011 199

The HSR study relies on fast trains not having to cover their costs.

Brisbane’s tunnel vision: numbers look like pie in the sky

Brisbane’s tunnel vision: numbers look like pie in the sky

July 14, 2010 18

The original forecasts for Brisbane's new Clem7 tunnel was more than 100,000 trips per day by the middle of next year. These numbers are unrealistic, writes transport expert Peter Quick.

Why trains are superior to planes

April 22, 2010

Thanks to the Eyjafjallajökull shambles, other travellers are starting to learn what Ed Gillespie has known for years: travelling overland is not just good for your eco-geek credentials. It's also a lovely way to recapture the romance of travel.

Europe gets onboard the Road Train to cleaner highways

Europe gets onboard the Road Train to cleaner highways

November 12, 2009

The EU is exploring a novel way of reducing fuel consumption: linking cars via wireless sensors into "road trains" on Europe's motorways, with one lead vehicle "pulling" all the others along while the drivers kick back and save on fuel.

Get off the bloody road: the roads aren’t safe for bikes

November 11, 2009

No one would suggest it is safe for pedestrians to be on the roadway, so why should it be any different if a pedestrian gets on a bike? Ex NSW Roads Minister Carl Scully says cyclists should get off the road.

Sydney/Melbourne by plane or bust: Airbus vision kills the fast train

November 5, 2009 54

The notion of a Very Fast Train for the Melbourne-Sydney corridor has been shot down by new plans from Airbus to fly Very Large Planes between the two cities, because the entire cost, and risk, is funded by the privately owned airlines and airports.

Electric bikes are zooming

May 19, 2009

In the Netherlands today, one in ten new bicycles sold is electric.

Budget countdown: Auslink infrastructure planning fail

April 24, 2009

Auslink: frequently no appraisal, no cooperation and no planning, and no one ever evaluated anything.