Metro Tasmania

Metro Tasmania
Metro Tasmania
Brands Metro
Hobart Coaches
Mode Commuter bus
Bus rapid transit
Owner Government of Tasmania
Area Tasmania (Statewide)
Key People Nick McKim (Minister for Sustainable Transport)
Heather Haselgrove (CEO)
Ron Ward (Chairperson)
Founded 1955 (in current form)
Fleet 218 buses[1]
Network 800 commuter bus routes
Depots 6
Wharves 0
Ticketing "Greencard" smart card
Patronage 10,099,000 (annually)[1]
Transport in Hobart | v · public transport in the Australian state of Tasmania. For bus timetable and route information see the Metro website. It operates only buses, as there are no longer any public transport trains, trams or trolley buses operating in Tasmania, and the few passenger ferries in Hobart are small independent operations.

As such it is by far the largest transport network in the state, and has its three major operations in the largest population centres of Hobart, Launceston, and the North-West.



Metro Tasmania's history goes back over 100 years. Its precursor, The Hobart Electric Tram Company began operation in 1893, one of the earliest such operators in the world. The Hobart City Council purchased the company in 1913 and operated as Hobart Municipal Tramways.

A Metro tasmania bus

In 1955 a statutory authority, the Metropolitan Transport Trust (MTT) was formed, this entity took over the Tramways from the Hobart City Council along with the Launceston Municipal Tramways, which had been operated by the Launceston City Council since 1911. On commencement MTT operated trams, trolley, petrol and diesel buses.

In 1960 MTT acquired the operations of Norton Coaches which provided bus services in the Burnie area. This resulted in the MTT operating transport services in the South, North and North-West regions of Tasmania.

MTT continued to operate until rebranded in the 1990s as Metro. Metro Tasmania Pty Ltd is a state-owned company established in February 1998. In May 1999 Metro purchased Hobart Coaches which operated services to New Norfolk, Richmond, Blackmans Bay and the Channel area; outlying areas of Hobart. Hobart Coaches is now the regional services division of Metro.

In December 2008, Metro sold its New Norfolk services to O'Driscoll Coaches.[2]


Metro Tasmania is a growing network catering to the changing needs of Tasmania's main population centres. Currently employing 413 people (76 per cent of whom work in Hobart), it has over 200 buses on 800 routes which do more than 630,000 trips per year covering over 10.5 million kilometres. Metro owns and operates six interchanges, 1,800 bus stops, and 200 permanent shelters. The service caters for an average of 10,099,000 passenger trips (boardings) per annum.


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