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New buses may boost appeal of residential property in Tasmania

April 12, 2012

Tasmanians with residential property in north-west and southern communities may benefit from two new bus services, which is set to be trialled over the next 12 months.

Proximity to public transportation is often an important consideration for anyone weighing up their residential real estate options - and the new bus services could make property in Smithton and Dodges Ferry more appealing in the long term.

The island state's minister for sustainable transport Nick McKim announced today (April 12) that additional bus services will run on a trial basis for the next year, beginning from Saturday (April 14).

One service will provide additional weekday buses between Sorell and Hobart, as well as additional Saturday and Sunday timetables connecting residents of Dodges Ferry with Hobart.

The other service will connect Smithton and Burnie with additional Saturday returns.

Paid for by the state government's Passenger Transport Innovation Fund, the services could become part of next year's regular timetable if they "attract sufficient patronage", according to McKim.

He said: "I'd like to encourage these southern and north-west communities to jump on board and support these new additional bus services."

Both trials are part of local community initiatives that aim to identify any gaps in services and ensure the transport needs of local communities are met.

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