Hobart Central Bus Interchange Planning Study
The project is a joint partnership between the Hobart City Council, Department of Infrastructure Energy and Resources, Metro Tasmania and the Tasmania Bus Association (TasBus) and has been awarded funding from the Australian Government under the Liveable Cities Program.
The project is a planning study that aims to:
- identify optimal arrangements for public transport access across the Hobart CBD, including location of a central interchange and bus stops
- improve the amenity of bus travel, by providing for a high level of passenger comfort, safety and security while waiting for buses and transferring between bus services in the Hobart CBD
- provide public transport access points that better meet the needs of public transport users
- improve the travel time reliability of bus services travelling into and through the CBD
- integrate regular passenger (bus) transport services into a single interchange facility or set of adjacent facilities
- increase patronage on public bus services travelling to and through the Hobart CBD
The project seeks to maximise our investment in existing bus infrastructure and services. Funding to implement the recommendations including infrastructure development would be sought once the Plan is finalised.
The Draft Plan
The Draft Hobart CBD Bus Interchange Plan aims to create a more effective central and integrated transit interchange arrangements for public transport services in Hobart. The Draft Plan has been developed by the project consultant, Parsons Brinckerhoff, with input from the project partners. The Plan proposes short (0-3 years), medium (3-10 years) and long (10 plus years) term goals for the key features and location of the Interchange.
The main recommendations of the Draft Plan are:
- the existing Elizabeth Street Bus Mall and Franklin Square Bus Zone is the best location for a public transport interchange in the city
- in the short term, improvements to bus operations, ticketing, information and bus stop infrastructure should be made. Some regional services should be relocated to the Bus Mall/Franklin Square area
- in the long term, a shared regional terminal should be co-located in the vicinity of the Metro Tasmania services. This terminal will include waiting facilities and toilets that could be used by all passengers using the interchange
Public comment for the draft Plan closed on Wednesday 27 November 2013. Copies of the Draft Plan can be accessed at www.hobartcity.com.au.
What Happens Next?
A Final Plan has been prepared based on the public comment received. This Plan is awaiting endorsement by the City of Hobart.
For further information regarding the Hobart Central Bus Interchange Planning Study, please contact Geoff Lang, Group Manager Engineering Services by telephone on (03) 6238 2816.