Passengers satisfied

The annual survey of 600 Metro Tasmanian passengers shows satisfying results

Metro Tasmania passengers are mostly satisfied with bus services, according to the results of the latest annual passenger survey.

The annual passenger survey of 600 passengers in June 2014 found 81 per cent of passengers were either very satisfied or satisfied with the service provided by bus drivers and with personal safety on board buses.

It also found that 77 per cent were very satisfied or satisfied with the length of time it takes to travel on Metro buses – up three per cent on last year’s result – and 75 per cent with the cost to use the service, compared with 68 per cent in 2013.

Chairperson Lynn Mason says it is pleasing to note an improvement in satisfaction levels across all aspects of Metro service covered by the survey.

 "These are great results and compare very favourably with national benchmarks for public transport," she says.

"We know we can always improve in some areas of service provision but all of Metro’s employees can be justifiably proud of these results."

There were also increases in passenger satisfaction with the frequency of services – from 54 per cent to 60 per cent – following the introduction of the high frequency service on the Main Road corridor between Glenorchy and Hobart CBD.

The survey found that the majority of people used Metro bus services to go shopping (49 per cent) or go to work (32 per cent).

A further 23 per cent use the buses to travel to transact personal business, 23 per cent used buses to visit friends or relatives, 22 per cent used buses to access health or welfare services, and 21 per cent to reach entertainment or performances.

About 10 per cent of Metro passengers used the bus to travel to school and 7 per cent for University or TAFE. 

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