A re-elected majority Gutwein Liberal Government will further modernise Tasmania’s transport services to bust traffic congestion and transform public transport delivery.
We will invest $81.5 million over four years into new buses and supporting infrastructure to secure Tasmania’s future and keep the economy moving.
This includes $10 million to upgrade all-access and all-weather bus stops at priority locations. This will provide comfortable, modern shelters to protect commuters from the weather and enhance passenger experience, which will boost patronage and reduce traffic congestion.
We will also invest $20 million to deliver additional school buses on routes experiencing high levels of demand, and introduce additional commuter buses on busy commuter routes.
In particular, we will introduce new buses dedicated to increasing capacity from Kingston to the city, integrating with our new park and ride facilities at Huntingfield and Firthside.
A further $20 million will be invested to develop new park and ride facilities for commuters south of Rokeby, in Sorell and the southern beaches community, and in Hobart’s northern suburbs.
A re-elected Liberal Government will provide $31.5 million through Metro Tasmania to deliver a modern common ticketing solution across public transport with real-time information for commuters.
This will provide commuters with a seamless journey and ensure a fully integrated, intelligent transport solution for users and providers of public transport in Tasmania. The modern common ticketing solution will apply to general access public transport operators, including ferry services.
This will provide a range of potential benefits, including fare payment by credit card, phone or wearable smart devices. It will make it easier to transfer between services and operators, and it will facilitate innovative and tailored fares and incentivise travel.
We expect this to also help inform network planning and fleet performance, leading to better and higher frequency services between bus interchanges.
To make the most of our infrastructure investment and to relieve traffic congestion, it is critical we improve public transport by making it faster, more efficient and a more attractive choice for Tasmanians.
The full policy is available here.