VLocity trains run at speeds of up to 160km/h on four Victorian regional lines.
More than half a century after the first high-speed trains began running overseas, Australia is still waiting for the long-promised service. Right now, faster rail is a better short-term prospect.
Gone in a flash.
Driverless cars will form a fast, efficient transport network, which will make car ownership redundant. But they could also spell the end of public transport.
Pedestrians walking along Bridge Street to Erskineville station in Sydney could take advantage of an extra southern entrance, as could many people now choosing not to catch the train.
Chris Standen, used with permission
In Sydney, 44 of 178 train stations have a single side entrance. It adds up to 12 minutes of daily travel time for people walking the long way to their platform. It's enough to make some drive instead.
Dan Kitwood/PA Wire
A recent damning report on probation shows the need to reassess outsourcing by the public sector.
With more than a million Australians using public transport to get to work each day, demand for car parking at the station is virtually insatiable.
The Commuter Car Park Fund announced in the budget sounds big, but is likely to create only around 30,000 extra spaces – a marginal benefit for Australia's 1.2 million daily public transport users.
The Northeast Corridor sees millions of riders a year, but expanding rail in the U.S. is always fraught.
Rail advocates often make the case that trains are a cleaner mode of transportation, but why is that so? And what would it take to expand rail in the U.S.?
The world’s first commercial hydrogen-fuelled train in Germany.
Fuel cells are being touted as an alternative to costly electrification – but no one knows if they'll really be cheaper.
Appearances can be misleading.
This attention grabbing policy has less to do with solving public transport problems, and more to do with the government’s nation-branding campaign.
Get your life on track.
With train fares looking set to rise, there are some simple rules you can follow to get the best value tickets.
Some fanciful plans were imagined for Melbourne back in the day – some included jet cars.
C.F. Beauvais in the Argus Weekend Magazine, August 28, 1943/Trove
We have forgotten how to be imaginative when planning our cities. Looking back into Melbourne's planning history, we might be able to find some inspiration to tackle rapid growth in a creative way.
David Ingham, via Wikimedia Commons
Mathematical software designed to predict multiple outcomes could have helped reduce severe rail disruption.
Emmanuel Macron is driving through his neoliberal agenda by relying on French police forces renowned for their violence against ethnic minority citizens, protestors and migrants.
A woman is helped out of the wrecked car of a train that derailed at the station of Pioltello Limito, on the outskirts of Milan, Italy, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018.
The development of suburban infrastructure depends on political, technical and financial priorities. A train derailment in an Italian suburb has highlighted the need to retrofit infrastructure.
A clock designed to work for 10 millennia is being built – but what is the point of it?
Transport Minister Andrew Constance and the Coalition government are under pressure to fix long-standing problems with Sydney’s train system which have now come to a head.
The real challenge is finding appropriate ways to invest in public transport that will not only take pressure off the system but also support improved travel on all modes, including cars.
The British government may reverse a 50-year-old railway policy.
Fire crews douse derailed tanker cars carrying crude oil in downtown Lac-Mégantic, Que., in this July 6, 2013, file photo. A trial is now underway for three former railway employees charged in connection with the fatal train derailment.
(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson)
As the Lac Mégantic rail disaster trial begins, here’s how technology can help prevent a repeat of the tragedy that killed 47 people.
When looking out of a train window, things close by seem to move past faster than things that are far away.
Flickr/Larry W. Lo
Ada, 7, wants to know why things close to the train windows zoom by really fast, while things further away seem to go by much slower.
Hey big spender – what will your project actually do for the public?
With 35 new inter-city routes shortlisted for testing, it's time to start taking hyperloop seriously.