...lower quality infrastructure (subject to collapse in some situations) or put a low price on human life - accepting worker deaths and injuries as part of the construction process.
I have seen Shanghai suburbs being razed so that 5 storey blocks of flats can be replaced by 30 storey units, one whole suburb at a time. Also 6 lane arterial roads get a 4 lane freeway on pylons above it, but they are building lots of Metro capacity as well. Thankfully, we have more limitations on what our government can do without extensive and proper process.
In the Article he cites Nagoya Metro as a city with a similar population to Melbourne and Sydney that we should model ourselves on. It is true that Australia does not invest in rail and our systems are old need to be upgraded and improved. The populations of our cities are said to double by 2050. Cities such as Singapore and Hong Kong open new metro stations yearly it states. I have not traveled enough to know what the metro systems in Asia are like but it does appear that we are falling behind other cities with investment.
Shanghai is not comparable to Melbourne or Sydney's population but still they do invest in the underground metro system.