Sunday Tasmanian - - News | Letters -

METRO has been given the goa­head to op­er­ate a ferry ser­vice from Ho­bart to Bel­lerive and re­turn ini­tially.

Fer­ries and ter­mi­nals are eas­ily con­structed in­fras­truc­ture. How­ever, car park­ing in­fras­truc­ture will be a big­ger prob­lem. Land suit­able and large enough for car park­ing would have to be found near the ter­mi­nals, with shut­tle buses to and from the ter­mi­nals.

The ferry ser­vice should not be state-funded but op­er­ated pri­vately.

Mem­o­ries are short of the lit­tle amount of time it took for peo­ple to re­vert to their cars in­stead of us­ing fer­ries once the Tas­man Bridge was re­opened.

There was a ferry ser­vice op­er­at­ing be­tween Ho­bart and Bel­lerive, but that ceased due to lack of pas­sen­gers. There was also a taxi ser­vice that dur­ing morn­ing and af­ter­noon peak times op­er­ated a sched­uled run. How­ever, this also ceased due to lack of pas­sen­gers.

Make Metro bus fares cheaper, more reg­u­lar and ad­di­tional ser­vices will en­cour­age more pas­sen­gers to use buses rather than their cars. The pas­sen­ger in­fras­truc­ture for buses is al­ready there. Im­prove it us­ing the mil­lions it would take to set up a ferry ser­vice. Alan Leitch Austins Ferry

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