Metro Tasmania has reported a rise in patronage as Tasmanians begin to use public transport more frequently post heavy pandemic restrictions.
The company suffered when the State of Emergency was declared. Patronage fell to 20 per cent of the previous year’s figures within two weeks.
Metro has been making 30,000 journeys a day across the state and numbers have returned to about 75 per cent of what they were in the same 2019 period.
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Metro Tasmania’s acting chief executive Darren Carey said they have seen an excellent result, with three in four passengers returning to travel on the bus.
Mr Carey said all Tasmanians should feel safe on Metro buses with a strict cleaning routine implemented to adhere to pandemic restrictions.
“We sanitise the buses in the morning before they go out,” he said.
“We then re-sanitise the buses in the middle of the day before they go out for the afternoon journey. So Tasmanian’s can rest assured that Metro buses are clean.”
Infrastructure and Transport Minister Michael Ferguson said they want to encourage more use of public transport during this time.
“Jump on the website, run the trip planner, and try it out for yourself,” he said.
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