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Metro and the University of Tasmania are working together to demonstrate that public transport can be the ideal travel solution for students living in the new Hobart Midcity student apartments.

One hundred and twenty students have been provided with vouchers for preloaded Greencards for use on Metro services.

Metro CEO Megan Morse said encouraging students to use public transport was one way Metro could contribute to reducing CBD congestion, benefitting everyone on the road.

“Supporting students to make use of Metro services makes sense as, like anyone on a tight budget, public transport is a compelling alternative to the cost of owning and operating a car” she said.

“Metro is delighted to be partnering with the university on this campaign, as it demonstrates how convenient and cost-effective choosing to travel with us to campus can be.”

University of Tasmania Sustainability Manager Corey Peterson said the university was excited to partner with Metro to once again assist its newest residents in the Hobart CBD to access high frequency bus services linking the Sandy Bay campus with the CBD, Glenorchy and the eastern shore.

“Our support for the service demonstrates our ongoing commitment to encouraging staff and students to choose sustainable transport options to access UTAS facilities and the wider community,” he said.

“We are very pleased that we can work together with Metro to deliver great outcomes for our residents, which allows student resources to be better invested in the local community rather than the cost of private transport.”

The Midcity apartments promotion builds on Metro’s previous extensive support of city based UTAS students, with 575 similar vouchers already provided to Hobart City Apartment residents in 2017.

Metro is also offering University of Tasmania students at the Newnham, Inveresk and Cradle Coast campuses free travel during Welcome Week of semester two.

The Tasmanian University Union/University of Tasmania/Metro initiative applies from 16 to 20 July when students show UTAS ID on Launceston Turn Up and Go routes 6, 7, 8 and 10, and north west coast routes 40/50, 41/51, and 85.