Tasmanian government launches new Kingborough express bus services
In collaboration with Metro Tasmania, the Tasmanian government has launched nearly 90 new express services to reduce commuting time and ease congestion for the people of Hobart.
Credit: Metro Tasmania
Set to commence from 30 January 2022, the Tasmanian government has announced that it has increased the public transport options available for the people of Hobart in order to help to ease congestion and reduce commuting times.
An extra 43 express bus services between Kingborough and Hobart will provide more travel choice for the growing number of people commuting between the southern suburbs and Hobart.
The new routes are part of the Hobart City Deal – Southern Projects initiative and will service the Blackmans Bay, Kingston and the Channel areas. These new services will be operated by Metro Tasmania and will run on weekdays during the morning and afternoon peak periods.
As well as the peak travel services, there will be 19 more express services running between Kingston central and the Hobart CBD outside of peak travel times, including 14 new X07 Blackmans Bay express services and 10 new X13 Snug express services.
The Southern Projects initiative is an end-to-end solution to improve public transport and traffic flow along Hobart’s southern corridor. The Southern Projects are funded by the Tasmanian government as part of the Hobart City Deal.
In addition to new express bus services, the deal includes a transit lane on the Southern Outlet; bus priority measures on Macquarie and Davey Streets; and park and ride facilities at Huntingfield and Firthside, which are currently under construction.
To coincide with the new express service, the Tasmanian government has also taken the opportunity to adjust other southern bus services timetables and departure locations from Hobart to improve service reliability.