Vancouver used traffic congestion as a ‘stick’ and the SkyTrain as a ‘carrot’ in a strategy to discourage car use and make the city a better place to live.
Instead of spending ever more on roads, we can learn from Vancouver's use of congestion as a 'friend' in managing the development of transport networks and of the city itself.
Urgent and radical change in urban transport policies and practices will benefit the planet and future generations.
To cut emissions within the 12 years or so we have left to avoid disastrous global warming, we will need to change our old transport habits, using a combination of strategies to achieve this.
Transport promises stretching as far as the eye can see: Victorian Labor’s big one is a $A50 billion suburban rail loop.
Whichever party wins, Victoria's new government will have promised the biggest transport infrastructure project in Australian history. So what are the promises and are they backed by proper assessment?
Road crashes and deaths are a grim daily reality all over the world.
Road traffic injuries are one of the leading causes of death worldwide.
Rift Valley Road in Ethiopia.
Smart roads in Africa could help reduce the impact of flooding and other disasters that affect rural communities.
Another election, another infrastructure promise – in the Andrews government’s case, a $50 billion suburban rail loop.
In the election bidding wars, parties commit billions to transport projects, often before all the work needed to justify these has been done. More cost-effective alternatives hardly get a look-in.
UK government minister Liz Truss says upping the motorway speed limit will increase productivity. Let's look at the facts.
One of Cape Town’s infamous “unfinished highways”.
Various attempts have been made to complete Cape Town's Foreshore Freeway scheme. A new approach is needed.
Gladys Berejiklian’s government will pay for much of WestConnex construction, give away other toll roads, guarantee annual toll increases and force motorists to use the toll road.
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The NSW government will spend more than $23 billion on toll road, and recoup just $4 billion by selling it.
It can feel much faster to get the bus – but that could all be a matter of perspective.
Top tips from transport academics: target the second, consider the first and ignore the third.
Smart bus use can transform public transport in cities, as EMBARQ is doing in Brazil.
Trains and trams get most attention, but 'tweaking' bus transit can transform cities. Buses can be more cost-effective and deliver better service, especially for small to mid-sized cities.
Sydney’s WestConnex is being constructed as a “high priority” project, despite its business case failing to meet Infrastructure Australia’s stated requirements.
Analysis of the business cases for three of the biggest projects deemed "high priority" by Infrastructure Australia raises questions about the process.
Very wet weather is likely to persuade many regular cyclists and walkers to travel instead by car if they can. This is Bondi Junction after a storm hit Sydney.
The relationship between weather and our travel choices is complicated. We can't change the weather, but, with many other factors in play, good policy and design can reduce its impacts.
Victorians who opposed the East West Link before the November 2014 election would have felt not much had changed when the new government announced the West Gate Tunnel in March 2015.
Transport infrastructure has such an impact on what kind of city we become that more democratic planning is long overdue. But public consultation is typically limited and focused on design issues.
The congestion charge has helped to ease traffic and raise funds. But the rise of Uber and other private hire vehicles have raised unforeseen challenges.
Buses are set to be replaced by private and autonomous vehicles – but it's not clear how society is going to deal with it.
Truck platooning involves a lead truck with a driver guiding other trucks through vehicle to vehicle communication.
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Elon Musk's new Semi has platooning capability - where multiple trucks commute in a line with a single driver in the lead vehicle. But could it work in Australia?
Adelaide’s aims in becoming a smart city include better traffic flows and highly co-ordinated transport networks.
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Smart city thinking makes good use of rapidly developing technology to help make cities work better, easier-to-navigate, safer, healthier and more enjoyable places to live.
It won’t surprise Eastern Freeway users that the commute from the northeast of Melbourne to the CBD is the worst.
For Melbourne drivers who comfort themselves with the thought that traffic congestion is worse in Sydney, sorry but new analysis shows overall delays are similar, but some commutes are especially bad.