The RACT 30-year Greater Hobart Mobility Vision prepares Tasmanians for a transformed mobility landscape – one in which increased choice provides safer, more efficient and sustainable approaches to the way we move around our state.
We have kept the future of Tasmania in mind – focusing in the short term on shifting people’s behaviours and patterns to embrace new technology and mobility options for a cost-effective and sustainable future for the state.
Our aim is to achieve a shift in traveller behaviour from private vehicle transport to public and active transport options in the first 10 years of the Vision.
Hobart has the highest percentage of car use for commuting of all capital cities in Australia. Currently, 84% of commuters utilise a private vehicle to get to work, therefore meaning that 16% use other modes. If this mode share was increased to 20% over the next 10 years, it would only represent a 4% reduction in private vehicle use, but make a significant difference to the efficiency of the road network at peak times. It would also move Hobart more in line with the majority of other capital cities.
We believe this can be achieved by making public and active transport more affordable and attractive to use, as well as looking to shift land use planning towards more high density development along public and active transport corridors.
While all of this is happening, we also recommend the start of analysis and assessment for a major infrastructure project(s), which would be implemented in the following 10 years of the Vision in the instance that the 20% target cannot be achieved or population growth exceeds expectations.
Our Vision has undergone an independent financial assessment to determine the indicative cost of each stage to highlight the need for a system of trial and review and ensure they continue to meet the needs of all Tasmanians. Costs can only be regarded as indicative and could be subject to significant variation when actual projects are better defined.
To that end, the Vision will be regularly reviewed to ensure population changes, transport patterns, technology advances, work and study patterns and cost of implementation are all considered. Any updates will remain consistent with the overall Vision for Greater Hobart.
Years 1 - 5
Focus on ‘quick wins’ for mobility; making public and active transport more affordable and usable; improving land use planning; and analysing access options for major infrastructure projects.
Indicative cost: $64 million
Years 6 - 10
Build on the first five years, continuing to strengthen public transport and support multiple occupancy modes of transport, as well as separating active transport modes from vehicles. Business case(s) would also be developed for major infrastructure project(s).
Indicative cost: $31 million
Years 11 - 20
Separated into two streams, dependent on whether the 20% mode share is achieved in the first 10 years or whether major infrastructure project(s) are required. This stage would also include the integration of low/zero emission transport options.
Indicative cost with major infrastructure: $1.5 billion
Indicative cost without major infrastructure: $214 million
Years 21 - 30
Focus on emerging technology such as autonomous vehicles and smart-city options including vehicle communication with traffic signals to ensure smooth flow.
Indicative cost $26 million
Indicative costings provided by pitt&sherry
NOTE: The Vision assumes the projects below will be delivered as per current Tasmanian and Australian government budget allocations:
- Bridgewater Bridge - $576m
- Hobart Airport interchange - $30m
- Tasman Highway duplications - $5m
For a full copy of the Vision document, click here.