The Gold Coast has already had a slice of light rail funding – and many cities want to follow suit.
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The Turnbull government seems to have lifted Abbott's moratorium on rail funding, but giving light rail to every city that wants it will take some clever strategies to woo private investors.
Rail and other public transport infrastructure could receive more funding from the new Turnbull government.
Jamie Briggs talks to Michelle Grattan about his new portfolio, the policy pivot away from just roads toward other infrastructure projects like public transport, and much more.
Federal governments have traditionally struggled to develop a coherent view for our cities.
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For the first time, both major parties have a cities portfolio in their front bench team. With a few more changes, the government could create a structure that will really get to grips with urban issues.
World Car-Free day has at its heart a noble aim - but the evidence suggests that a one off event can't really make a world of difference.
The evidence is in: cars are a risk to public health, and we need to find alternatives.
Women in Tokyo can go it alone.
Don't dismiss the idea of women-only carriages. It might help.
Congested roads and overcrowded public transport services are common problems in many of our cities.
Australia's transport infrastructure needs urgent upgrades. But with governments willing to fund only one or two major projects, how do we decide which infrastructure project to prioritise?
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We must place the responsibility for preventing assault firmly on men's shoulders.
In Australia, public transport has to play catch-up constrained by an urban form designed by and for the car.
There are a number of reasons why Australia’s public transport systems seem shoddy compared to other countries. But these reasons bring into question the validity of such comparisons.
Despite disruptive innovation and significant investment in public transport, our old ways of travelling look here to stay.
The resurgence of cities is set to help us make our dependence on gas-guzzling personal transport a thing of the past.
While there may be bad congestion in parts of Australia’s cities now, data suggest that car use has peaked.
There is a new fear on the block ... traffic congestion. But do we have to accept that congestion trends will overwhelm us? Is it really right to fear congestion?
More research can improve how our existing transport infrastructure works.
A research focus on transport can help improve existing infrastructure and guide future developments, and tailor them to Australia's unique needs.
If the choice is between waiting in their cars and long waits on inefficient public transport, many people prefer to drive.
Once a new road opens, people switch back to cars and congestion increases back to a steady-state point of gridlock. For lasting effectiveness, policy needs to include congestion charges and better rail services.
Hong Kong: a showcase for Asian urban development.
Nobel Laureates met recently in Hong Kong to sign a memorandum calling for cities to help guard against climate change. As the most creative places on the planet, big cities are the perfect place to meet this challenge.
More mines, more roads, as the government puts its drive towards economic development ahead of all else.
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Amid talk of paths to surplus and investing in infrastructure, both sides of politics seem to have forgotten Australia's longstanding responsibility to govern sustainably, and not just for the economy.
The way forward? Light rail helps urban development far more than roads do - the challenge is how to pay for it.
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Light rail is good for cities, but it's also expensive, which is why many Australian cities have opted for buses instead. But there is a way to get top-drawer public transport using private dollars.
Plaid Cymru want to expand the Welsh government’s Bwcabus service.
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Regulators, rebates and retaining bus services - Plaid's transport policy offers a lot, but little explanation on how to fund it.
Wind energy will be an important part of the world’s energy future - but it won’t be enough to feed growing demand.
Peak fossil fuel and action on climate change will mean we have less energy available to power the future.
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This year, train fares will increase by an average of 2.2%, even though wage growth in 2014 remained below inflation for many people. Inevitably this will lead to complaints of overpricing, as the government…