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Melbourne Airport train link: Malcolm Turnbull pledges $5 billion for long-awaited rail line to CBD

ABC News, 11 April 2018
The Prime Minister has pledged up to $5 billion to help build the long-awaited rail link from Melbourne Airport to the CBD. A Melbourne Airport train line has been debated and planned for decades, but Malcolm Turnbull has declared his funding promise will ensure it becomes a reality.
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Restrictions on privatised ports adding to Sydney’s gridlock: Deloitte report

Sydney Morning Herald, 11 April 2018
Hundreds of thousands of trucks could be shifted from Sydney’s roads by a new container terminal at Newcastle, but secret restrictions introduced during the privatisation of NSW ports are preventing its development. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is now investigating the restrictions, which were introduced when Port Botany and the Port of Newcastle were being privatised.
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NSW’s $2 billion new trains are too wide to get through tunnels

News.com.au, 1 March 2018
THE NSW Government has an embarrassing problem with $2 billion worth of new trains that are on order — they’re too wide to go through the tunnels. Whereas the current trains are 2.9m wide, the new models being built in South Korea are 20cm wider. That small difference could have a big impact.
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Trump administration moves on two fronts to challenge California environmental protections

Los Angeles Times, 2 April 2018
The Trump administration openly threatened one of the cornerstones of California’s environmental protections Monday, saying that it may revoke the state’s ability under the Clean Air Act to impose stricter standards than the federal government sets for vehicle emissions. The announcement came as the administration confirmed it is tearing up landmark fuel economy rules that formed a key part of the effort by the Obama administration and California officials to combat global warming — and as the Justice Department sued to block a state law that limits the federal government’s ability to sell any of the 46 million acres it controls in California.

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Australians may do 95% of car travel in autonomous EVs by 2030

ReNew Economy, 1 March 2018
It’s almost impossible to imagine in a country with such an attachment to individual car ownership, petrol vehicles and long distances like Australia. But in little more than a decade, the way we travel in cars may be completely different. A new study from EnergyLab in Sydney suggests that the arrival of autonomous driving and the introduction of shared vehicles, or “Transport As a Service”, could mean that by 2030 more than 95 per cent of kilometres travelled in cars could be in electric vehicles.
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The quiet e-bike revolution

ReNew Economy, 3 April 2018
It seems every day we are seeing a new highlight in the Electric Vehicle space. Whether it is a new model or another City with a plan to phase out fossil fuelled vehicles, there is no doubt the momentum for EVs and autonomous vehicles is building. However, in the background a quiet revolution has been taking place. The fastest growing segment in the transport world now is e-bikes, or electric bicycles.

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Car makers turn to climate deniers in quest to lower fuel economy regulations

ReNew Economy, 26 March 2018
Last month, the Alliance for Automobile Manufacturers submitted a report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration/Department of Transportation calling into question impacts of climate change and tailpipe pollutants in an effort to undercut the need for fuel economy regulation. The Alliance is the trade group for Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, and Toyota, among others.

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Who’s to blame when driverless cars have an accident?

The Conversation, 20 March 2018
The news that an Uber self-driving vehicle has killed a pedestrian in the US has made headlines around the world. It’s a reminder that the era of self-driving cars is fast approaching. Decades of research into advanced sensors, mapping, navigation and control methods have now come to fruition and autonomous cars are starting to hit the roads in pilot trials.
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Slow cycling isn’t just for fun – it’s essential for many city workers

The Conversation, 16 March 2018
In cities, people use bicycles for far more than just commuting and recreation. For many people, riding a bike is not just a way to get to work; it is a livelihood necessity and helps sustain urban economies. And for people who rely on a bike to do their job, safe access to city roads is essential. With increasing urban pollution and poverty around the world, we urgently need to think about how to plan new cities and redesign old cities to accommodate cycling’s varied uses.
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Intelligence committee wants national fuel stocks boosted to protect national security

ABC News, 16 March 2018
Parliament’s national security committee wants Australia’s low fuel supplies bolstered within six months to protect national security.

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