transport

What future for the FTZ?

The Free Tram Zone (FTZ) just turned five. It was introduced in January 2015. If you're wondering why there was so much discussion on it last week, it's because submissions to a Parliamentary Inquiry on the topic just closed. Transport Matters Party MP Rod Barton, who moved for the Inquiry, posted an article addressing some concerns with the FTZ. You can see his motivation in all this is co

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The pros and cons of the new #FreeTramZone

Some of the arguments in favour of the Free Tram Zone seem very simplistic. Shaun Carney built a whole opinion piece around this in the Herald Sun on Thursday: basically, it doesn't matter if it's poorly thought out, sucks away resources, and doesn't get people out of cars -- if it's cheap or free, it must be good -- and hang the consequences. Things aren't that simple. The Free Tram