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Source: State of Tasmania Government

13 October 2020

Michael Ferguson, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

Thirty-five new Tasmanian built low-floor buses were delivered in 2019-20, under Metro’s Accelerated Bus Replacement Program, with the final 26 buses scheduled for delivery by April 2021.

Metro Tasmania’s Annual Report 2019-20 also highlighted 85 per cent of customers used a Greencard to travel. The number of Greencard agents significantly increased statewide to encourage more customers to obtain and use them, which proved successful.

Importantly, Metro continued to provide all general access services during the COVID-19 pandemic, with a strong and successful focus on the health and safety of staff and passengers.

The Hobart network is delivering 87 per cent of general access services with compliant vehicles, and is expected to be fully compliant well ahead of the Commonwealth-mandated date of December 2022.

Through its fleet renewal program, Metro achieved fully compliant accessible services in Launceston and Burnie.

A new Launceston network was also launched in January this year, delivering service improvements on major corridors, including increased frequency of the Turn Up and Go service.

While the COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacted Metro’s patronage and fare revenue during the year, we know passenger numbers have already started to bounce back this financial year.

The Tasmanian Government thanks Metro for its commitment to keeping employees and passengers safe during an extremely difficult time.