While planning experts have rebuked the Coalition's aversion to federal funding for urban rail, others have pointed to the possibility of using the proceeds from surrounding property as a means of making such projects more economically viable.

Despite Tony Abbott’s promise to become Australia’s “infrastructure prime minister” prior to the election, his view that the federal government should not be responsible for investment in urban rail infrastructure has drawn fire from some of the country’s leading cities experts. Jane-Frances Kelly and Paul Donegan, specialists in urban development…