Melbourne is one of the fastest-growing cities in the developed world, and the other big Australian cities aren’t far behind.
With the failures of past planning now apparent, the unruly threat of a damaged and depleting planet is ushering us toward a fourth era of urban restructuring. What might City v4.0 look like?
Central to Sydney’s congestion problem is the journey-to-work rat race in the city’s western suburbs like Blacktown.
Sydney, as a whole, is lurching toward an urban structure where its transportation problems are impossible to solve. The only alternative is to create new centres of employment.
Residents protest against the felling of century-old trees to make way for light rail along Anzac Parade in Sydney.
If planning decisions properly considered the value of trees in a city, we could have a modern transport system and tree-lined views to enhance the journey.
Maintenance has been pushed off so much that the D.C. Metro needs to shut lines down for months for repairs.
How did urban public transport in America, like much of our infrastructure, get to be in such bad shape? Will millennials help turn it around?
Research shows that elevated rail, like this design for Moreland station, has many advantages.
Evelyn Hartojo, Melbourne School of Design
Elevated rail to remove level crossings, done properly, has many benefits – and the alternatives are more disruptive and costly. But announcing projects with little consultation is asking for trouble.
The report criticises the state’s failure to adequately integrate the planning of land use development and transport priorities, but falls into the same trap itself.
Infrastructure Australia's latest report is substantial but, critically, it fails to incorporate the transport thinking needed to develop more compact cities that work better for everyone.
According to all the data, urban car use has peaked, but official traffic modelling forecasts a remarkable reversal.
On average, people won't accept a commuting time of more than an hour. As cities grow ever bigger, new road projects can't achieve this, yet policymakers still rely on modelling that defies evidence.
Navigating a major metropolis with a disability is tough, but the Paralympics give us the chance to make it work.
Rail needs to go where it will do the most to reinvigorate cities.
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Building more rail shouldn't be reliant on the public purse.
Instead of trying to maintain our usual routines in the face of huge disruptions, we should use them as a welcome opportunity to mix things up.
The freeway presents a unique problem for the advance of autonomous vehicles.
Self-driving cars may not be the solution to all our transport woes. Better to focus on public transport.
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?
All spaces should be safe.
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.