Multi-million dollar investment points to industry confidence

A FAMILY-OWNED Tasmanian bus company is making significant investments in the future of the Tasmanian passenger transport sector.

Tassielink Transit – which has two new buses in operation and has two more on order – is making passenger transport, especially in the bus industry, more attractive and viable for the customer.

Tassielink managing director Shane Dewsbery said the buses – valued at about $500,000 each – were Australian-built and designed specifically for Tasmanian road conditions and to suit passengers’ needs.

“The buses needed to cater for students travelling to school, commuters travelling to and from work and for people who use our services for tourism and social activities,” he said.

The buses also include:

Lower vehicle emissions;

USB points;

Improved seating with seatbelts to improve comfort for longer travel on regional routes;

Upgraded storage bins and luggage racks for bikes and bags;

Heating and cooling for Tasmanian climate.

Mr Dewsbery said the investment demonstrated confidence in the sector’s future.

“We are seeing sensible changes to bus networks which means we have confidence in making these investments,” he said.

“These include the introduction of extra services in the Huon Valley and the redesigned northern network.

“Their purchase also aims to ensure that all general access buses will be fully DDA compliant by 2022.”

Tassielink provides passenger services in outer urban and regional parts of the state.

Metro shares its Greencard ticketing system with Tassielink Transit to make travel simpler for the customer.

Caption: Tassielink managing director Shane Dewsberry with one of the new buses.

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