[LINK] Vic transport smartcard to cost $1bn

Marghanita da Cruz marghanita at ramin.com.au
Thu Feb 7 10:06:09 EST 2008

Craig Sanders wrote:
> yeah, i know. i lived in sydney for a few years in the mid 80s.  PT
> really sucked then. as did the roads (a twisty little maze of one-way
> streets, all alike). i hear it's all got a lot worse since.

The twisty maze in inner-sydney  is possibly better now. There are bus lanes,
resident restricted parking and parking is expensive (but possibly not expensive
enough). The high cost of petrol seems to have had a positive effect on
private traffic and the demand for public transport.

However, to appreciate the challenge, "Sydney" now sprawls through the Blue
Mountains, past Gosford and Wollongong. There was/is a move for Inner City
consolidation - which has happened despite the NIMBYs but "Australians" seem to
need a "house and backyard".

But as public transport improves - value of office space goes up and
Companies relocate their workforces from CBDs to Industrial Parks, with "lots of
parking" and  Land is opened up to provide new "affordable" housing.

Marghanita da Cruz
Phone: (+61)0414 869202

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