Where to with transport in our capital cities?

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 Urbanist’s annual holiday reading guide

The Urbanist is in summer recess but back for special occasions; this time it’s The Urbanist’s annual list of interesting books – both fiction and non-fiction – to read over the holidays

The Urbanist’s annual holiday reading guide


Is infrastructure why Victorian voters swung so decisively to Labor?

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?


Is growth in driving really outstripping surging population?

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?


Should adult cyclists be permitted on footpaths?

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?


Isn’t long-term planning for urban public transport a no-brainer?

The Rail Futures Institute’s Melbourne Rail Plan is the sort of comprehensive metropolitan plan that the Government has failed to develop, preferring instead to pull out ad-hoc projects just before next month’s election

Isn’t long-term planning for urban public transport a no-brainer?


Is Melbourne’s promised loop rail line justified by jobs growth in suburban centres?

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?