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Back to School information 2016

Metro Tasmania’s school bus routes operate on the term dates advised by the Department of Education. The gazetted start of Term 1 for students is Wednesday 3 February 2016.

There have been changes to school services as a part of the new network in Hobart and changes to the Launceston North timetable. Check services to your school here.

Please note the following information relating to school services:

  • Metro’s weekday vacation timetable will cease operating on Tuesday 2 February. Services annotated with a V – operates on Vacation Days Only will stop on this date.
  • Metro’s weekday term timetable will commence operating on Wednesday 3 February. Services annotated with an S – operates on School Days Only will commence on this date.
  • School bus services operated by Metro will commence operating on Wednesday 3 February.
  • Students required to attend on Monday 1 and/or Tuesday 2 February will need to catch Metro’s general access services to travel to or from school, unless the school has made prior arrangements with Metro to operate special charter services on these dates. Parents and students should contact their school for information on charter services that may be in operation.

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There was a small rise in fares that came into effect on 3 January 2016. Student cash fares have risen from $1.40 to $1.60. Student Greencard fares are just $1.28, and Greencard Daily Caps $3.20.
Greencard allows you free transfers within an hour and a half of the first boarding.

While students can top up their Greencards on the bus, to avoid unnecessary delays to services on the first day of school, Metro recommends that student Greencards be topped-up prior to travel. This can be done either through the Metro website, via the Metro App, at the Metro Shop in Hobart, at the Metro depots in Launceston and Burnie, at any Greencard agent, or by phoning 13 22 01.

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If this is your child’s first time catching a school bus, or if you would just like to reinforce safe bus travel, check out the School Bus Safety page.