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Hobart Passenger Transport Case Study

The Hobart Passenger Transport Case Study was commissioned by the Tasmanian Government to better understand the issues facing our urban passenger transport system and to assist Government in developing appropriate, sustainable responses to meet long-term challenges to our urban transport systems.  The Study's outcomes were used to inform development of the Tasmanian Urban Passenger Transport Framework.

The Study provided a comprehensive review of passenger transport issues and options for the Greater Hobart metropolitan area, but many of its recommendations are applicable to Tasmania's other major urban areas.

The Study comprised five individual projects and was largely undertaken by independent consultants.  The key projects were:

1. Review of Passenger Travel Demand Measures

Travel demand measures are strategies and policies that aim to reduce car-based travel demand and encourage use of other transport modes, including public transport, walking and cycling.  This project formed the major component of the Study, and was undertaken by consultants Parsons Brickerhoff, to provide independent, expert advice on travel demand measures that could be best suited to the unique characteristics of Greater Hobart.

Divided into three linked reports, the project consisted of:

2. Travel Demand Forecasts

This project involved developing a model of Greater Hobart's road and public transport system to understand the potential future impact of different interventions in the transport system, such as public transport improvements.  This includes forecasts of overall vehicle kilometres travelled, traffic volumes, trip numbers by mode and greenhouse gas emissions associated with the passenger transport task.  This work was undertaken by Parsons Brinckerhoff.

A summary of the outcomes of this project is provided below:

3. Alternative uses for Hobart's existing urban freight rail corridor, including light rail and bus rapid transit.

This project made some preliminary investigation of alternative uses for the existing urban freight rail corridor through the Northern Suburbs.  The light rail component Costed a potential light rail alignment, using part of the current rail alignment, but switching to an on-road system (similar to a tram-style system) through Newtown and North Hobart.  On-road sections were incorporated to maximise the potential population catchment for a light rail service, as the current rail corridor has a relatively low surrounding population density, particularly south of Moonah where the rail corridor passes around the Derwent River side of the Hobart Domain.

The light rail report (undertaken by Parsons Brinckerhoff) has two components:

The bus rapid transit paper (undertaken by Pitt and Sherry) investigated the infrastructure costs associated with redeveloping the urban freight rail corridor into a bus way - an exclusive right-of-way to provide buses from the Northern Suburbs with a faster trip to the Hobart CBD.

4. Investigation of the viability of passenger ferry services on the Derwent River.

This project was undertaken by Maunsell AECOM, and provides a high-level estimate of the infrastructure and service delivery costs associated with establishing a commuter ferry service on the Derwent River.  This project primarily considered locations on the Eastern Shore, including Bellerive Village, Lindisfarne, Montagu Bay, Howrah Point and Waterman's Dock in Hobart.

5. Development of a walking and cycling strategy, to address local area transport.

Development of the Tasmanian Walking and Cycling for Active Transport Strategy was a key component of the Hobart Passenger Transport Case Study - more detail on the Strategy can be found on the Tasmanian Walking and Cycling for Active Transport Strategy page.