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Public Transport for all Tasmanians

27 October 2016

Ms O’Connor to move—That the House:—


(1) Understands that public transport is a critical issue for many disadvantaged Tasmanians.


(2) Congratulates Metro Tasmania on their 2.2% increase in passenger numbers, as reported in their 2016 Annual Report.


(3) Acknowledges TasCOSS' submission to the government's Draft Transport Access Strategy, which calls for the following reforms to make transport more accessible for Tasmanians in need.


(4) Notes that TasCOSS raised key priority areas, such as:—


(a) obtaining better data on routes, passengers and potential passengers and the need to map key areas like schools, childcare facilities, health and social service facilities, workplaces and recreational areas;


(b) improvements in service and quality of transport;


(c) integrating transport services, such as bus and active transport options like cycling;


(d) improved access with mobility issues and Tasmanians living with a disability;


(e) promotion of the services offered; and


(f) innovative pricing and government incentives such as subsidising public servant travel on public transport.


(5) Understands that an effective public transport system is inclusive and encourages frequent use through user friendly management.


(6) Further notes Hobart is experiencing serious traffic issues as its population grows and more commuters travel to the city centre for work.


(7) Recognises that a fix for Hobart's traffic issues is an investment in public transport.


(8) Calls on the Transport Minister to make the investment needed to make public transport an appealing and affordable option for all Tasmanians.