14 October 2019

Why congestion charging is fairer than you might think

If Sydney or Melbourne were to introduce a peak-period congestion charge around their CBDs, how many vulnerable people would be affected? Hardly any. Our research shows the drivers who would pay the charge tend to be doing just fine.

13 October 2019

Congestion charging fears are overblown

Even a modest charge could mean up to 40 per cent fewer cars entering the central area in the morning peak, and speed increases similar to those from building new freeways that cost billions of dollars.

30 July 2019

Tough decisions needed to cut congestion

If we want to reduce congestion on our city roads, we need to make some hard choices, such as charging people who drive on the most congested roads at the most congested times.

12 June 2019

User-pays is the best congestion buster

The most pressing infrastructure concern is not funding future roads, but how to get the most out of the road network we already have.

4 June 2019

Assessing members of the Albanese shadow ministry

Grattan’s Transport Program Director Marion Terrill and Visiting Health Fellow Hal Swerissen look at the policy challenges facing Infrastructure Shadow Minister Catherine King, NDIS Shadow Minister Bill Shorten, Health Shadow Minister Chris Bowen, and Ageing and Seniors and Women Shadow Minister Julie Collins.

29 May 2019

Assessing members of the new Morrison ministry

Grattan’s Transport Program Director Marion Terrill and Visiting Health Fellow Hal Swerissen look at the policy challenges facing Infrastructure Minister Michael McCormack, NDIS Minister Stuart Robert, and Aged Care Minister Richard Colbeck.

15 May 2019

Transport promises for Election 2019: the good, the bad and the downright ugly

Our politicians should stop donning hardhats and promising infrastructure before they’ve done their homework — because every dud project built cannibalises a worthy one.

9 April 2019

Business-as-usual record on transport leaves next government plenty of room to improve

Whichever party wins the 2019 federal election should commit to careful assessment of transport gaps and problems, consideration of the various feasible solutions, and rigorous evaluation of the preferred approach.

3 April 2019

Budget 2019: the pattern of transport spending is unusual

Don’t get too excited about the infrastructure spend: the rhetoric may be big, but the scale of the numbers is nothing unusual. What is different is the pattern of spending over the forward estimates.

20 March 2019

Coalition and ALP share the road to project blow-outs

There’s a media-driven perception that NSW has an infrastructure deficit because of its fast population growth. Voters might think any new project must be worthwhile if it helps the state catch up. But spending on a poorly chosen project means not spending on a worthwhile one.