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An independent review has described the business case for a light rail network in Hobart's northern suburbs as optimistic.
The State Government hired consultants Aecom to review the business case prepared by ACIL Tasman.
The review said the original report underestimated the cost of the project.
But it agreed with ACIL's view that few motorists would switch to rail unless there were broader changes to local planning schemes to discourage car-friendly developments.
Some public transport lobbyists have questioned the independence of the review.
Ben Johnston from the Northern Suburbs Rail Action Group said it had not been a transparent process.
"It should have been publicly advertised to conduct the review," he said.
"Potentially it should also have been conducted by a different department within the State Government.
"This project is more about economic development than being seen as just a simple transport solution."
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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