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Plan to bust Hobart congestion

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A multimillion dollar, 30-year plan to tackle congestion in Hobart has been announced by the state's motoring body.

The RACT has unveiled its Greater Hobart Mobility Vision as new figures reveal the reliance on cars in the Tassie capital is higher than any other major city in the country.

The aim will be to move 4 percent of drivers onto alternative transport options in the first 10 years.

Executive General Manager, Membership and Community, Stacey Pennicott says it's about addressing traffic problems at multiple levels.

"Establishing a ferry service, subsidising patroniage of public transport and creating really good end-of-line park and ride facilities...they're some of the really important first steps that need to be addressed immediately, as well ensuring that we have the clearways cleared and traffic can work smoothly along Macquarie and Davey Streets, and actually get people to where they need to go," she said. 

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It comes just days after The University of Tasmania announced its campus transition to the city centre. 

The RACT is hoping it will further reduce reliance on private vehicles, while the city upgrades the relationship between the different modes of transport being used. 

"As we're seeing more people move into and live around the city we're actually going to have to reassess the way people move around so ensuring their safety - seperating pedestrians, vehicles and bikes - is key to delivering safe and accessible transport and also allows motorists to be able to do what they need to do," Ms Pennicott said. 

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The new stategy has been developed in consultation with all levels of government, even though no funding has been put on the table as yet. 

The Tasmanian Government, Labor, the Greens and City Council have all welcomed today's announcement, but Ms Pennicott is hoping they put their money where their mouth is.  

"What we are asking is for that committment and not to take a short-term look based around election periods, but actually committ to an overall plan that develops a vision for our city ensuring that into the future we are able to have the lifestyle that we are acustommed to, and maybe even a greater one."     

All up, the 30-year plan would cost about $1.8 billion but would be delivered in instalments. 

The first 5 years is costed at about $64 million.