Bus stop upgrade program
In recognition of the importance of bus stop upgrades and compliance with the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA), the Tasmanian Government has made an election commitment for $10 million over the next four years to provide all-access, all-weather bus stops at priority locations.
Improved bus stop infrastructure will increase accessibility and DDA compliance while enhancing the passenger experience leading to greater public transport patronage and reduced traffic congestion.
The intent of the program is to work in partnership with local government to upgrade bus stops to be DDA compliant, including the provision of new and/or upgraded bus shelters. It is proposed to implement via a grant-style program similar to the Vulnerable Road User Program (VRUP) program. This process means that preference will be given to upgrading stops where councils are willing to work in partnership with State Growth.
State Growth is in the process of developing guidelines for the program and will be consulting with key stakeholder groups including councils and bus operators in mid-2022.
Additional information on the program will be released soon.
The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth) (DDA) aims to eliminate discrimination based on disability. Commonwealth, State, Territory and local government have responsibilities under this legislation. Specifications and detailed requirements to achieve compliance with the DDA are outlined in the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 (Cth) (DSAPT) and the Disability (Access to Premises-Buildings) Standards 2010 (Cth).
Compliant bus stop infrastructure will increase access to public transport particularly for young families with prams, older Tasmanians and people living with a disability.
According the DSAPT, any bus stop constructed after 2002 must be compliant with requirements. Any bus stop constructed prior to 2002 must be upgraded to compliance by 31 December 2022. The all-access all-weather bus stop program is designed to assist state and local government in progressively achieving full compliance with the DSAPT.
The Department of State Growth has developed a guide on the planning and design of Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) compliant bus stops. The guide is based on the Australian Human Rights Commission guidelines for promoting bus stop compliance. It should be noted that these guidelines are based on the minimum requirements for a DDA bus stop.
State Growth is currently updating standard bus stop design drawings for use by planners and designers, which is expected to be completed in mid-2022, we will share this information with you once it has been finalised.
Access to our existing standard bus stop drawings is below: