DON’T BELIEVE IN FERRY TALES
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