• Melbourne’s COVID car crunch

    Open Forum     |      September 5, 2020

    When Melbourne goes back to work after stage 4 restrictions are lifted, commuters are likely to shun public transport in favour of their cars, potentially causing gridlock after weeks of empty roads.

  • Getting personal on PT

    Open Forum     |      March 15, 2020

    A research project aims to help Melbourne commuters make more efficient use of the existing road and transport network by tailoring individual journeys.

  • The car industry needs a change of gears

    Tim Harcourt     |      February 24, 2020

    The end of Holden should spur the remainder of the automotive industry to take radical steps to guarantee its future in Australia.

  • Politicians give transport models a bad rap

    Graham Currie     |      December 31, 2019

    Transport modelling has been tarnished by its use to justify the predetermined projects politicians favour. But, if used more transparently, it’s a valuable tool for planning our future cities.

  • Does Australia want mobility as a service?

    Open Forum     |      November 20, 2019

    The ever growing consumer adoption of Mobility as a Service – MaaS – could help reduce the increasing traffic congestion on Australia’s urban roads.

  • To bus or not to bus? How culture affects public transport use

    Open Forum     |      November 20, 2019

    Stark cultural differences in attitudes to public transport have been revealed by an international study featuring a University of Queensland academic.

  • The hidden traffic impacts of private schooling

    Matthew Burke     |      October 30, 2019

    The costs of road congestion are expected to exceed A$30 billion a year by 2030, and so the heavy traffic generated by parents ferrying children to distant private schools should be fully calculated, costed and included in assessments of their costs and benefits.

  • Lost in transit

    Nerissa Hannink     |      August 26, 2019

    Australian cities have seen a considerable increase in the work commute since 2002, but the 2019 HILDA survey suggests we have finally reached peak travel times.

  • We subscribe to movies and music, why not transport?

    Benjamin Kaufman     |      July 6, 2019

    For Australians, “Mobility-as-a-Service” may still be on the distant horizon, but subscription scooter services may be a sign of how we will soon approach urban transport solutions.

  • Driverless buses could boost suburban public transport

    Neema Nassir     |      June 22, 2019

    Automated services in the form of expanded and frequent fixed-route services feeding major transit hubs, or flexible mobility-on-demand door-to-door trips could stop the downward spiral of suburban public transport.

  • How to get more people to use public transport

    Open Forum     |      March 9, 2019

    We know public transport takes traffic off the road and is better for the environment, but most of us prefer driving to taking the bus. Could better design could persuade us to think again?

  • Building more roads will not solve Melbourne’s transport crisis

    Open Forum     |      November 21, 2018

    Experience from other major cities such as London shows that more investment in public transportation, rather than more roads for more cars, is the key to reducing congestion in Melbourne.