SOUTH HOBART EXPRESS BUS SERVICES BOOST

By: Fabian Cotter, Photography by: courtesy Metro Tasmania


TO REDUCE commuting times and help ease congestion, the Tasmanian government - in collaboration with operator Metro Tasmania - is adding more than 40 new express bus services for the southern-Hobart Kingborough area, it’s been announced.

SOUTH HOBART EXPRESS BUS SERVICES BOOST
The new Kingborough Metro Tasmania services will run weekdays during the morning and afternoon peak periods, the Tasmanian state government says.

The move gives more public transport options for growing number of commuters living in those southern areas with the extra 43 express bus services (not "nearly 90", as reported elsewhere) between Kingborough and Hobart set to start from 30 January, 2022, the state government confirms.

The new routes are part of the Hobart City Deal – Southern Projects initiative and will service the Blackmans Bay, Kingston and Channel areas, it states.

The new Metro Tasmania services will run weekdays during the morning and afternoon peak periods, it adds.

In total there will be 14 new X07 Blackmans Bay express services and 10 new X13 Snug express services. As well as the peak travel services, there will be 19 more express services running between Kingston central and the Hobart CBD outside of peak travel times, the government says.

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The Southern Projects initiative is an end-to-end solution to improve public transport and traffic flow along Hobart’s southern corridor, it says. The Southern Projects are funded by the Tasmanian Government as part of the Hobart City Deal, it explains.

As well as new express bus services, it includes a transit lane on the Southern Outlet, bus priority measures on Macquarie and Davey Streets, and park and ride facilities at Huntingfield and Firthside, which are currently under construction.

To coincide with the new express service, the government has also taken the opportunity to adjust other southern bus services timetables, and departure locations from Hobart to improve service reliability, it states.

Passengers are encouraged to visit the Transport website for more information at: www.transport.tas.gov.au/public_transport/service_updates

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