The new routes and timetables will better serve the needs of local communities and commenced on 19 January 2020.
The changes have been finalised following an extensive community consultation period which saw a total of 388 responses received.
The new and improved routes and timetables will reinvigorate the local bus network across Launceston and surrounding regions including the West Tamar, George Town, the Northern Midlands, the north east and the east coast.
The changes will see more direct routes and more frequent services, and updated timetables will provide more consistent departure times, improve reliability and minimise transfer times.
In a big win for commuters across the broader city area, a new high frequency cross-city route will link the university with Kings Meadows via Mowbray, Invermay, Inveresk, the city, LGH and Six Ways.
Across the region, there will be more services more often to major towns including Legana, Exeter, George Town, Perth and Bridport and improved links for the West Tamar, north east, east coast and Northern Midlands areas, as well as the addition of new Sunday services.
Additionally, new 12-month trial services will be implemented in Riverside/Trevallyn and Waverley/Ravenswood to address concerns raised through the recent consultation process.
These network updates balance making services smarter by providing more direct routes which reduce travel times with ensuring the services remain accessible, providing better access to employment, education and other services.
More information, including new timetables and maps are available here.
Please be aware these changes may also apply to students who use public buses to travel to school and there are also some upcoming changes to contracted school services.
Information on changes to Metro urban school bus services is available at www.metrotas.com.au
Notification on changes to non-Metro contracted school services will be communicated directly to schools.