Labor pledges $7 million to Tassie bus operators

By: Jason Whittaker


February 19, 2010 Tasmanian Minister for Transport Graeme Sturges says a Labor government will append $7 million improving passenger transport services

February 19, 2010

Tasmanian Minister for Transport Graeme Sturges says a Labor government will append $7 million improving passenger transport services in the state if re-elected.

Sturges says passenger transport is a vital part of the overall transport system in Tasmania.

"Labor will provide seed funding to bus operators to allow them to establish additional services," Sturges says.

He says the money will initially be used to establish additional services for 12 month in order for operators to determine the level of patronage and community support for these services.

If support is found to be strong these additional services will become permanent.

"By assisting operators to establish additional services, we are allowing them to properly assess the level of patronage such a service can expect over an extended period, and Labor is proud to be able o assist bus operators in meeting the community’s needs," says Sturges.

The funding will also be sued to construct "bus infrastructure" such as bus stops and shelters, car parking, internet trip planning and to initiate planning for integrated ticketing for passengers.

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