Passenger rise offset by strikes
PUBLIC transport operator Metro Tasmania increased passenger numbers by two per cent last year — but racked up a $2.4 million pre-tax loss.
The deterioration was in part caused by industrial action, the company’s annual report noted. The previous year’s result was a pre-tax loss of $1.9 million.
Metro took $13.5 million in fares in 2018/19, made $40.2 million from government service contracts and had total revenues of $54 million.
The report noted that on a typical day Metro used 219 buses to deliver more than 2,000 services, servicing nearly 3,000 bus stops on more than 300 routes.
“We enjoyed a sixth consecutive year of patronage increase, reflecting a 2.2 per cent improvement on 2017-18, concentrated most predominantly in adult growth,” the report noted. “Were these 195,896 extra adult bus journeys made by car, it would have filled every off-street council carpark in Hobart 85 times, equivalent to a line of traffic stretched nearly from Melbourne to Sydney.”