MORE cycleways, streamlined main bus routes and people-friendly city centres are some of the key elements of the Tasmanian Government's sustainable passenger transport projects submitted to the Federal Government's Nation Building 2 (NB2) Program.
Sustainable Transport Minister Nick McKim last week said the package of exciting, sustainable and people-focused projects would, if successful, put people first, reduce congestion and carbon emissions and dramatically boost the liveability of the State's three main urban areas.
"People-friendly transport in our urban areas has long been underfunded. These projects would help make them 21st-century places to live, work and travel in," Mr McKim said.
NB2, the major national transport funding program for all states and territories, is a five-year program starting on 1 July 2014.
The overarching objective of NB2 is to "lift Australia's productivity through nationally significant land transport infrastructure". Projects to be funded under NB2 will be required to demonstrate links to significant national policies, such as the National Urban Policy.
The sustainable transport projects submitted by Tasmania in the NB2 round include:
- Main Road, Hobart: The State's busiest public transport corridor will be improved so that buses are given higher traffic priority, so they can travel more quickly between Hobart and the Northern Suburbs. Bus stops will also be upgraded.
- Macquarie Street, Hobart: Extension of Southern Outlet bus lane, bus streamlining improvements.
- Burnie cycleways: Several new cycleways, including from Burnie Park to Bass Highway via Futuna Road; Marine Terrace, Wilmot to Spring streets and Burnie Park to Malonga Street via West Park Grove and Mooreville Road.
- Launceston cycleways: Several new shared and bike-only cycleways, connecting the UTAS Inveresk campus with the city centre, including from Mowbray Link to Lindsay Street.
- Hobart cycleways: A new cycleway from Domain, under Brooker Highway. New cycleway along Marieville Esplanade. New cycleway from UTAS Sandy Bay campus to Castray Esplanade, including an off-shore jetty walk and cycleway around Battery Point headland. (Three city cycleway projects costed at $30 million.)
- Latrobe to Devonport Cycleway: planning and delivery of a new active transport link between Latrobe and Devonport.
- Real-time Bus Passenger Information: Installing this technology across the Metro's urban network would mean real-time bus information for passengers. ($2.5 million).
- Hobart Central Bus Interchange Design: Funding to progress from a current Study of Hobart's central bus interchange facilities, to improve amenity and travel reliability ($1 million).
Mr McKim said a Hobart and Northern Suburbs light rail submission will be considered when the current Peer Review of last year's business case is completed.