Can we improve Tasmania’s public transport and rail services?
For years Tasmania’s public transport and rail services have been among the most neglected of all public infrastructure. Funding for highways by comparison, has been massive, and continues to be. Despite this funding, the road toll in 2009 was horrific. Traffic congestion continued to increase. Is it possible to change this situation? Future Transport Tasmania believes that Tasmanians need alternatives to the private car. Currently only limited bus services exist, provided by Metro and other private companies.
In 2009 the Tasmanian Labor Government took back ownership of the State’s Railway system, after thirty-two years of Federal Government and then private ownership. For the first time since 1975 Tasmanians now own their railways again. What will be the future for the railways now? Will this be yet another episode in their long-drawn out deterioration, or the renaissance of a new era of fast, reliable and heavily-utilised freight services?
The reality of climate change, peak oil and future population growth means that Tasmania’s political leaders need to urgently consider new ways for Tasmanians and their goods to get around, modes that don’t rely on the private car or the highways.
Future Transport Tasmania, as a community-based non-political party affiliated group, seeks your views as a candidate seeking election to the Parliament of Tasmania in March 2010. We will be publishing these views on our website no later than the 12th of March.
Since launching in March last year, we have been advocating improved bus services, retention of rail and argued against more high-rise car parks in Hobart’s CBD. We have made a submission to Metro’s pricing review and released our plan for Tasmania’s railway future.
What will you do to ensure rail freight services continue in Tasmania?
How would you improve public transport services across Tasmania?
Would you support introducing a passenger service on the northern suburbs railway?
Do you believe the railway line into Hobart should be retained?
Will you commit to increasing funding for Metro Tasmania and other public transport operators?
Will you support a high frequency park and ride bus service between Kingston and Hobart?
Would you support a similar service on the Eastern shore?
Will you support bus priority lanes on congested key arterial roads and intersections?
Will you support extensive additional bicycle lanes and paths in our cities and suburbs?
What will you do to increase pedestrian zones, amenities and safety in our cities?
Given the disaster that private ownership of Tasrail was, will you commit to keeping the Tasmanian Railway in public hands?
If not, will you commit to retaining public ownership of the rail track network?
What will you do to ensure a far greater share of freight is carried by rail, instead of road as it is currently?
Currently the maximum permissible Tasmanian heavy vehicle axle-load is 25 tonnes for a B-Double truck. Will you allow heavier and longer vehicles on the road than are currently?
Will you do to ensuring Flinders Island has a regular, dependable sea freight and passenger service?
What other ideas do you have that could improve public transport and rail services in Tasmania?