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Gregg, GG (1986) Demand for emergency manpower for an urban transit authority. Unspecified thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

The Metropolitan Transport Trust (M.T.T.) provides the majority
of urban commuter public transport services for the city of Hobart
and suburbs. Except for one small private bus operator who
services the southern suburbs of Kingston, Blackmans Bay and
Maranoa Heights, the M.T.T. has sole responsibility for the
provision of regular route bus transport within a 22 kilometre
circular boundary of the Hobart central city post office.
The M.T.T. is a State owned and operated public transport system
and is funded from fares revenue and general State tax receipts.
In 1983/84 fares collected on M.T.T. services represented 33% of
the contribution required to cover operating expenditure.
Unlike other Australian capital cities, Hobart has no urban rail
passenger network or significant commuter ferry service.
Rail passenger services were disbanded on the 31 December 1974, due
to falling demand and rising costs.
No doubt, other State Governments would like to disband their inefficient
and expensive urban rail passenger systems, but they are locked into
supporting the continuation of their networks because of high
infrastructure costs of transferring rail passengers to road. Hobart was
able to effect the change in 1974 due to the small size of the rail
network and the fact that Hobart had no vehicle congestion and no inner
city parking problems at that time.
The geography of the city is ideally suited to flexible route
transport especially the motor car. Hobart is second only to
Brisbane in car ownership per head of population. The private
motor vehicle is the major source of transport for travel to
and from work. As few as one in six commuters use public
transport daily.
Hobart has no viable commuter ferry services even though the city
is built on either side of the River Derwent. An extensive ferry
network was not established in the past because of the sparse
development on the eastern shore of the river, and the fact that
the rail network followed the river bank on the western shore.
A small commuter ferry plies the river four times daily between
the city and Kangaroo Bay, to provide a service for people living
on Bellerive Bluff.
The M.T.T. has grown steadily since its establishment in 1955.
This growth is due to outward growth of the city and to the failure
of many of the private operators who have abandoned the market
as and when their capital stock became obsolete. Most of these
private operators turned to the more lucrative tourist charter work,
leaving the M.T.T. to take up abandoned licences. Only recently
has the Government embarked on a policy of direct subsidy of private
operators to continue to provide urban route passenger bus services.

Item Type: Thesis (Unspecified)
Keywords: Bus lines, Local transit
Copyright Holders: The Author
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Copyright 1986 the Author - The University is continuing to endeavour to trace the copyright
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Thesis (M.Trans. Ec.)--University of Tasmania, 1987.

Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2014 23:57
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2017 05:05
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