Pas­sen­ger rise off­set by strikes

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS -

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.”

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