Have your say on public transport in Hobart
Module 3 of the Council's current transport strategy review is now available for comment. Module 3 refers to Public Transport.
Public transport is defined for this report as: "any transport that is available to the public in shared vehicles usually at a set fare. It includes trains, planes, buses, ferries, taxis and ride booking systems such as Uber, GoGet, community transport services or bicycle share schemes".
This is a good opportunity to tell the Council that you want to see our public transport systems work better with other transport choices such as riding.
Note: submissions on Module 3 need to be in by 31 May 2017.
How to have your say
Your submission can be as long or short as you want. You do not have to answer all or any questions in the Consultation Paper, they are there as a guide.
Online – use the Surveys and Forms tab at https://yoursay.hobartcity.com.au/transport-strategy
(if you choose this approach, we recommend first skimming through the documents noted below and our simple list of points below, to give you some ideas)
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org, with Transport Strategy in the email Subject line.
Post - Transport Strategy
City of Hobart
GPO Box 503
Hobart TAS 7001
Consultation Paper 3: Public Transport can be downloaded from the Related Documents Tab on this page: https://yoursay.hobartcity.com.au/transport-strategy
This is a BIG document, loaded with interesting and important data and wide ranging discussion points.
Hobart’s Capital City Strategic Plan 2015-2025 has five strategic goals which are listed on page 14 of the Capital City Strategic Plan 2015-2025 . They should all have a bearing on the final transport strategy.
Points you could make
- public transport, especially in conjunction with walking and bike riding, is a good active and healthy choice for everyday travel
- it is essential to reduce the dominance of the private single occupancy vehicle on our roads, in order to reduce congestion as our population continues to grow, to free up space for safer walking and riding, to reduce noise and pollution and to keep our streets liveable.
- public transport should be improved in terms of frequency of schedules, transit times and ticket costs, to become really attractive to those who are currently in the habit of driving a car. The background report states that "A person living near a high frequency public transport service is more likely to use public transport".
- weather protected, secure bike parking should be provided at all public transport stops along transit corridors, at ferry terminals and at other popular pickup points. This would enable people to ride from home (the last mile) to the pick up point and confidently leave their bike there to pick up on the way home (Ride, Park and Ride). Combining some riding with some public transport use can increase flexibility and timeliness, for instance facilitating multi-purpose trips, trip-chaining, or avoiding a schedule related delay by connecting directly to a different transit route.
- the Hobart Bus Mall should offer accessible, weather protected and secure bike parking (for the last mile)
- space should be provided within buses or ferries, to carry bikes
- bike share schemes are a great way to provide cheap and flexible personal mobility around the city, both for tourists and for residents who have commuted in by public transport. Takeup of bikeshare by riders is dependent on ease of use, accessibility of parking (pickup and dropoff options) and the subjective safety of riding on our streets. In fact the most critical factor for the success of bikeshare is a connected network of safe routes, and at present in Hobart there are too many gaps in our bike network and few bikelanes that offer protection from dangerous traffic..
- Metro buses should be converted to electric, to reduce fumes and noise, also to improve Tasmania's energy self sufficiency and hence security.
- Dedicated peak period transit lanes for buses and multi occupancy vehicles on key corridors would help to improve transit times.