To: Members of the House of Assembly of Tasmania, Department of Infrastructure and Transport, Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart and Glenorchy City Councils; Kingborough and Brighton Municipal Councils;TasRail.

Extend the proposed light rail beyond Hobart and MONA

The light rail train running from MONA to Hobart that is proposed by the Tasmanian Greens needs to be extended further north to Bridgewater and further south to Kingston.

Why is this important?

The Brighton and Kingborough Municipal Councils are two of the fastest growing residential areas in the state and both lie within 30 kilometres of the Hobart CBD, with existing rail infrastructure already running from Bridgewater to Hobart.

Given that this rail infrastructure already exists, it only makes sense to use this for passenger rail. It will ease stress on the Brooker Highway and Main Road running through Hobart's northern suburbs, parking space and congestion in Hobart's City Centre will be relieved, and stress on the Southern Outlet between Kingston and Hobart will also ease.

Also, given that a light rail vehicle will run on electricity, Aurora and Transend will have an additional main client to supply electricity to and they can afford to lower the unit price of electricity to residents, especially those on lower incomes. Tasmania is also a self-sufficient supplier of hydroelectricity, a clean and renewable energy resource, that can reduce commuter dependence on petroleum-powered buses and cars.

An extended light rail system is a good idea for safer and cleaner transport, the environment and commuters on lower and higher incomes.


Reasons for signing

  • Most logical step towards improvement of traffic congestion, cleaner living and easy commute.
  • A better petition might have been 'just build it!'
  • It is up to us to make the politicians in Tasmania think about the future of Rail in our State. Please Share & Sign this important Petition.

Updates

2016-12-14 21:03:17 +1100

100 signatures reached

2014-03-11 16:55:58 +1100

Wow. It seems that quite a few people feel the same way! I like Toby R's response!

2014-03-10 09:05:39 +1100

50 signatures reached

2014-03-07 11:32:14 +1100

25 signatures reached

2014-03-06 22:57:51 +1100

10 signatures reached