An Opportunity to Transform Hobart
The Hobart Northern Suburbs Rail project presents an exciting opportunity for urban renewal and development in Hobart's growing northern suburbs. By utilising Hobart's existing rail corridor, a battery-operated light rail service between Hobart and Brighton will provide world-class public transport and act as a catalyst to stimulate sustained economic growth.
Land value capture resulting from the project will create long term economic benefits for local residents. Contrary to previous government media statements, Infrastructure Tasmania's report did not find the Hobart light rail system would incur operating losses.
The modelling undertaken as part of the cost benefit analysis suggests that around six million trips per annum will be undertaken on the proposed Hobart light rail system, removing traffic from our congested roads.
Fares will cover operating costs of around $2.5 million per year. With an average fare of $2.56 per trip, the Hobart light rail will make up to $12.9 million profit to reinvest into our economy, supporting long term jobs.
The Hobart Northern Suburbs Rail project will grow Tasmania's economy. Six station precincts will revitalise our city.
The state government is being accused of failing to honour a pledge to protect the Hobart to Granton rail line, as the legislative council considers a plan to give state ministers power to dictate uses of the rail corridor.
A Growing City Needs Light Rail
Every city needs adequate public transport. Making public transport a better travel choice not only benefits those who use it, but also road users as pressure on our roads is reduced. The Hobart northern suburbs rail service will have a number of unique benefits that will make traveling around our capital city easier for everyone.
FAST AND SUSTAINABLE
Our proposal features modern electric rail vehicles traveling between the Hobart waterfront and Brighton. In peak times, up to 5 trains operate at 12 minute intervals, with travel time of 28 minutes between Brighton and Hobart.
Providing a better public transport choice for northern suburbs residents will benefit all of Hobart. By removing traffic from our congested CBD and arterial roads at key times of the day, people who need to drive to work can expect a faster, less stressful commute.
Park and ride facilities will be available at all suburban stations, while Mawson Place station will act as a transfer point for eastern shore ferry services. All trains will allow for easy wheelchair and pram access, making the service easily accessible for all users.
This project will go further than providing jobs in construction and operation. Light rail projects are catalysts for economic growth, with raised land values encouraging investment, and additional customers for small business along the Hobart rail corridor.