Bus rapid transit can avoid traffic chaos for the AFL’s new stadium and transform Hobart – and other cities too

Sun, 28 May 2023 06:26:25 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"Following a decision to fund an AFL stadium on Hobart’s waterfront, the
Tasmanian premier announced plans for a new bus rapid transit (BRT) system and
ferry services to avoid traffic congestion. These plans are linked to Hobart’s
City Deal and promise to reinvigorate the city’s ailing public transport

Hobart once led transport innovation. It was the first city in the southern
hemisphere with an electric tram system. At its peak, these trams handled 40%
of journeys in the city.

Since the 1970s, though, following the closure of Hobart’s last passenger rail
service, the city’s public transport network has suffered from dwindling
investment and patronage (now under 5% of journeys). Could bus rapid transit
help combat the city’s notorious car dependence?"

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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