The Greater Hobart Household Travel Survey (GHHTS) is a comprehensive survey of how, where and why people are travelling in Greater Hobart.
The Survey was conducted in 2008-09 and is the first of its kind in Tasmania. It makes a significant contribution to better understanding actual passenger transport patterns and needs, to inform the development of appropriate policy and planning responses.
Overview of the Survey
The Survey was undertaken by consultants on behalf of the Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources (DIER) over the financial year 2008-09.
The Survey covered the Greater Hobart metropolitan area, with data collected from the following seven Statistical Local Areas - Derwent Valley, Brighton, Glenorchy, Clarence, Hobart, Kingborough and Sorell.
A range of variables were examined, including:
- Purpose and frequency of trips
- Mode of transport
- Trip route and distribution
Over 2,400 households were interviewed across Greater Hobart, between July 2008 and July 2009.
Using the Survey Results
As a result of the Survey, we now have, for the first time, detailed information on how people are actually travelling within Greater Hobart. In this context, the Survey will inform a wide range of policy and planning initiatives, including metropolitan, corridor and network planning, and the examination of individual measures (e.g. park and ride sites, ferries and light rail).
Information from the GHHTS will be used for key initiatives, including:
- Development of park and ride sites
- Analysis of demand for future public transport services, including the Northern Suburbs light rail business case
- Development of future Principal Bicycle Network and Initiatives to encourage walking.
The Survey builds on the Government's existing passenger transport plans and policies, including:
- Tasmanian Urban Passenger Transport Framework
- Tasmanian Walking and Cycling for Active Transport Strategy
- Southern Integrated Transport Plan