Welcome to Future Transport Tasmania

We are here to lobby for better public transport and rail infrastructure in Tasmania. We aim to find solutions to allow all Tasmanians to have environmentally responsible and affordable commuting options to get around our state and towns. A more detailed mission statement can be found in the left column or <here>.

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Tuesday, January 1, 2008

What is Future Transport Tasmania all about?

OUTLINE

To lobby for and promote improved public transport services of all kinds including;
  • Park & ride schemes and bus lanes
  • Increasing frequency and scope of bus services
  • Bicycle lanes and transport integration
  • Potential light rail services
  • To lobby for and promote rail transport as a preferred option for bulk and intermodal freight
  • To lobby for and promote improvement and expansion of Tasmania’s rail infrastructure and network
  • The retention of the Bridgewater to Hobart line
  • The reopening of various other lines eg. Derwent Valley, Wiltshire, Smithton and Scottsdale
  • To lobby for transport solutions to be integrated into urban and regional planning

PRIMARY RATIONALE

  • Climate change demands action, increased public transport services are inherent to this response
  • Increasing oil costs, together with the reality of Peak Oil will ensure that significant improvements to public transport services, with a much wider range of options, is necessary in the near future
  • Economic efficiency –assisting business and providing jobs
  • Equity and accessibility
  • Improved air quality and matching Tasmania’s Clean and Green brand
  • Addressing unsustainable traffic congestion
  • Removing discrimination –improving access to public transport for the disabled, elderly people and parents
  • More closely knit and cohesive communities;
    -eg. Neighbours who catch the same bus are much more likely to talk to one another in comparison to those who drive themselves to work
  • The notion that public transport systems or indeed a publicly owned rail system have to pay their own way is potentially counterproductive to the aim of such a system
    -Were Hobart’s old tram and suburban rail systems closed due to lack of patronage, or running costs?
  • Current demand is not relative to future use, simply because of the lack of current transport alternatives
  • Rail transport is potentially far more efficient than road, and has multiple benefits alongside decreasing carbon emissions, including;
    -significantly decreased road maintenance costs
    -potentially decreased road toll and associated costs relating to heavy vehicle crashes
  • Tasmania’s rail network was constructed in the 19th century and has to compete with a 20th century highway

MORE ABOUT US

  • Until now there has been no community-based group advocating public and rail transport. We are here to fill this gap and provide a voice for these issues in the public arena.
  • We mean business and will work as vigorously as any corporate lobby group does, except that unlike some we want to hear public opinion.
  • Membership of FTT is open to any person who wishes to be a part of it.
  • We are not affiliated with any political party. We welcome discussion of our agenda and ideas with anyone, and we hope to have discussions with all three major political parties in Tasmania about these issues.
  • Tasmania is currently re-defining itself. As part of this process of change and growth, in a vision of sustainability and progress, transport infrastructure is a vital part of nation (and state) building. Future Transport Tasmania aims to bring this vision of the future into today’s public debate.
For further information and comment:

Toby Rowallan (spokesperson) 0418 997 069

Email: info@futuretransporttas.org

Contacting Future Transport Tasmania


For further information:
Toby Rowallan (secretary) 0418 997 069

Mailing address:
Future Transport Tasmania
Bathurst St. Post Office
PO Box 4515
Hobart 7000