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The Liberal Party's ambitious but uncosted vision for the future of transport in Hobart, which includes light rail, ferries and a modern underground bus mall, has been criticised for being "bereft of detail".
The policy document released on Thursday also features a major revamp of the city's main roads, Davey and Macquarie streets, in an effort to tackle Hobart's traffic problems.
Eighty-three per cent of Hobartians drive to work — a higher proportion than in any other Australian capital — and most park and stay in the CBD.
The traffic woes are set to increase, with the city's population predicted to grow by 20,000 over the next 10 years.
The Liberals' vision aims to reduce cars by encouraging people to use buses, while ferries would transport residents across the River Derwent with new ferry terminals built on the waterfront.
A light rail would run along the disused northern suburbs rail line and a CBD "transit hub" would be created underneath the existing Elizabeth Street bus mall.
Infrastructure Minister Rene Hidding said a re-elected Liberal government would assume control of Davey and Macquarie streets from the Hobart City Council.
Mr Hidding said the immediate planning to move the bus mall underground was funded.
"The first thing we need to look at it is precisely where it will go," he said.
The overall plan is uncosted but Mr Hidding said the cost of the transit hub alone would be "very significant" at well over $100 million.
"We believe we'll greatly increase passenger transport into the city," he said.
"A major interchange in the city, we believe, will be a game changer," he said.
Plan is 'bereft of detail'Labor MP Madeleine Ogilvie said the Liberals were "merely selling a pretty picture".
She said the policy was an incomplete series of ideas which had been "cobbled together to give the impression of a plan, but which is bereft of detail".
"Labor is committed to improving public transport and reducing traffic congestion but the Liberals are merely trying to sell a pretty picture," Ms Ogilvie said.
"They've promised an underground transit centre in the next four years without any detail on how it will be built or paid for."
Some members of the public took to Facebook to express their opinion on the plan.
Sharon Heritage said moving the bus mall sounded "hugely expensive".
"It's not obvious how that would reduce congestion," she said.
"Why not try this: park and ride stations at Kingston and Sorell with Metro being given a contract to provide regular services to Sorell, and enforce city clearways by towing vehicles which block them.
"Think of how much cheaper that would be."
Alice Toner liked the Liberals' idea.
"Ferries and trains, it's about time! Not sure about underground buses, though, does that suit Hobart? Having underground bus stations in Brisbane was great however as it made life easier."
Austin Pickering was sceptical about the timing.
"Ten minutes before an election? Knock me down with a feather."
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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