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Reversing Metro Changes Would Ease Hobart Congestion

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Saturday, 27 February 2016

Tags: Public Transport, Traffic Congestion

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Member for Denison

Transport Minister, Rene Hidding's confession yesterday that it could take months to fix Hobart's traffic woes is not good enough.

Stressed out Hobart commuters deserve better.

Given that the traffic gridlock coincided with the start of school and university following major changes to Metro's timetable and routes, reversing these unpopular changes is the logical first step to easing traffic congestion.

This is a no-brainer and it would provide immediate relief on the roads.

A number of my constituents have made it clear the Metro changes forced them out of the buses and in to cars. 

Students who once caught the bus to school are being driven and this is clearly placing significant pressure on our roads.

Reversing the Metro changes isn't the only answer but it would provide immediate relief and greater choices to commuters while the Minister's Congestion Taskforce does its work.

The Minister needs to admit Hobart commuters are paying the price, in large part because he and Metro got it wrong on the new timetable.