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State Service Public Transport Investment Needed

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Monday, 24 October 2016

Tags: Public Transport, Public Service, Traffic Congestion, Metro Tasmania

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Transport spokesperson

Government investment in public transport is needed if we are to make routes more viable and reduce traffic.

Providing a financial incentive for public servants to use public transport will get more people on Metro buses and make the system better for everyone.

Tasmania spends the least per person on public transport of all the States and Territories.

If we're serious about improving public transport and reducing traffic, government has to spend a bit more to get more people on buses.

Currently, Hobart's peak hour traffic sits at one accident away from gridlock.

The Liberals don't seem to have a real plan to fix traffic woes in our capital, other than massaging potential stoppages.  The real traffic fix is an investment in public transport.

Hobart is home to the majority of public servants.  Encouraging these commuters to catch buses instead of driving could result in hundreds fewer cars clogging up our arterial roads.

If the Liberals want a traffic fix for Hobart, and to support Tasmanian public transport, Transport Minister Hidding should investigate a public servant salary sacrifice scheme for public transport now.