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Members of the public are being asked to review and vote on five possible scenarios – ranging from small and large-scale infrastructure projects to a city of the future incorporating public and active transport, ferries and autonomous vehicle technology – for the 30-year future vision for mobility in Greater Hobart.

The five scenarios are being presented to a public forum in Hobart tonight, with an online survey available at hobartvision.ract.com.au for the public to have their say.

The scenarios were prepared in consultation with a panel of experts in urban planning, engineering, future mobility, social and economic impacts and public and active transport.

They reflect more than 70 submissions received from RACT members, stakeholders and the public during the RACT’s Greater Hobart Mobility Vision process.

The RACT’s Mobility Vision aims to create a 30-year plan for the future of Greater Hobart, particularly to address the issue of congestion. It will be formally unveiled in 2019.

RACT Group CEO Harvey Lennon said traffic congestion continued to be a major issue of concern for Hobart motorists, both at peak morning and afternoon times.

“A long-term vision is critical as our population continues to grow and as visitor numbers to the state increase,” he said.

The scenarios are:

 

Scenario One – Predict and Provide

This business as usual scenario focuses on quick-fix infrastructure projects focusing on pinch points as they arise; small investment in public transport measures to make immediate impacts; limited investment in active transport development; and detached housing in new developments with investment in community infrastructure when density allows. It also supports future technologies and innovation when opportunities present.

 

Scenario Two – Build

Supporting large-scale investment in road infrastructure to alleviate congestion, options in this scenario include bypasses, larger highways, more lanes and more car parks. Higher capacity road networks to support residential development in outlying suburbs; as-needed investment in public transport infrastructure and active transport development; and park and ride facilities are also incorporated into this scenario.

 

Scenario Three – Mode Shift

Encouraging a shift to public and active transport, this scenario proposes retrofitting infrastructure to support this change as well as moving some car parks and parking stations to the CBD fringe. A settlement strategy focusing on more compact urban and CBD development around public transport infrastructure; separating active transport from vehicular traffic and increasing active transport options; a focus on shared spaces and healthy transport options; and the prioritisation of public transport through intelligent transport systems would all be considered under this scenario.

 

Scenario Four – Overhaul

A significant change in the Greater Hobart area that we see today, this scenario involves converting current road infrastructure into shared spaces; an extensive rapid transit service focusing on key routes; using low or zero emission and autonomous vehicles to connect infrastructure to public transport; limit vehicle movement through the CBD and replace with active transport options; high integration between active and public transport; high-density housing in the CBD; programmed decentralisation of appropriate industries, services and attractions and investment in opportunities in outlying suburbs; flexible working hours and locations; focus on Hobart as a national leader in emerging mobility technology.

 

Scenario Five – A River City

With heavy reliance on the River Derwent as the primary means of mobility, investment in an extensive ferry network servicing population centres, infrastructure around ferry terminals and transit options to nearby areas, this scenario turns our focus to the water. Development of a settlement strategy that promotes growth in areas serviced by the ferry network; integration of active transport options; and introduction of future technologies to connect the ferry terminals with key locations are a focus.

Mr Lennon said the organisation had not formed a view about which scenario – or which elements from selected scenarios – were best suited for a Hobart solution.

“Feedback from the public about the scenarios, as well as information gathered through the RACT’s mobility survey, will be critical for the development of the ultimate vision,” he said. “We are also calling on additional feedback and comment from the community now that the scenarios have been identified as potential solutions.

“The RACT will use the vision to advocate on behalf of all Tasmanians in the lead up to the Federal election and the Tasmanian Budget.”