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All aboard for better public transport

MOTHERS, fathers, business owners and public transport enthusiasts joined forces on Sunday 29 May to walk in support of light rail for Hobart.

The ‘Catch the Train’ event included a two-kilometre walk from Cornelian Bay along the rail line to the Station Street Park in Moonah.

Children were encouraged to dress up in train costumes and those who completed the walk were greeted with prizes, speeches, public transport information, coffee and ice cream.

The event was led by The Mums for Alternative Transport group, which was formed in response to congestion issues in Hobart and concern over Tasmania recording the nation’s worst spending on, and use of, public transport.

Hobart City Alderman and Greens Senate candidate Anna Reynolds, who is also a member of the event organising team, said that everyone she spoke to was keen to see all levels of government work together to increase public transport options in Hobart.

“Tasmania spends by far the least per person on public transport of all states and territories and this translates into Hobart having the lowest public transport usage rate of all capital cities in the country,” she said.

“It’s no wonder we are all stuck in our cars in traffic, when there has been so little investment in alternatives for people.”

Ald Reynolds said she was disappointed to see Tasmania had been “cut adrift” by the Federal Government on infrastructure spending.

The Mums for Alternative Transport group is already planning its next event, which is set to include people on kayaks in a “Floatilla for the Ferries”, showing public support for a Hobart ferry service.

“The Hobart community can get involved in these positive and fun events as a way to show their support for better public transport,” Ald Reynolds said.

“It’s a nice change to see people protesting for something positive in our city.”

Caption: On the march: From left, Jess Horstman, Hamish Edie and Maddie Boocok steering the ‘Catch the Train’ event throughout Hobart. Photo credit: Mark Horstman.

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