Passengers, please be advised that free bus travel will cease after July 5. This will mean that from Monday, July 6, you will need to pay the usual fare to use all town services, as well as all school buses which were previously fare-paying
We understand the importance of continuing the limit of physical contact and encourage all passengers to practice social distancing where possible while onboard. To keep yourself, our drivers and those around you safe please consider the following:
- The use of a smartcard to eliminate all cash transactions
- Wash hands in warm soapy water or use hand sanitiser before and after your travel
- Cough/sneeze into the crease of your elbow
- Avoid touching surfaces within the bus where possible, and
- Continue to follow any requests from your driver
Merseylink is changing to a new, modern ticketing system. Passengers will still be able to use their existing Merseylink Smartcard, as well as enjoying the many benefits which come with TransportMe.
- Topping up your Smartcard through the TransportMe app, which is available free to download for Apple and Android users.
- The TransportMe app allows passengers to track all Merseylink buses to within 10 seconds of their location. Passengers can set a stop as their favourite to receive notifications if the bus has been delayed.
Passengers will need a username and password to top up their Smartcard through the app. Users will be alerted with a notification when their balance becomes low. Safe, simple and secure way to top up your Smartcard, no more cash needed.
Click the tabs below for our frequently asked questions.
Yes, you can tap on with your current Merseylink Smartcard and continue to use your current credit.
Just tap on and show the driver current ID to continue using your existing credit.
You can download the app for free from the Apple store and Google play.
Visit our website’s homepage, you will find the TransportMe update details form. Complete all the details and we will email you the login details.
Yes, however you will not be able to top up your smartcard via the app.
You can apply for a smart card by visiting the Tasmanian transport website.
No, everyone will require their own Smartcard to travel, however if you are a parent you can manage multiple cards using a single login.
Our three new low floor, wheelchair friendly Mercedes-Volgren buses will hit the road from April 19. Each bus is the most environmentally friendly diesel vehicle currently available. Total carrying capacity of 78, seating is spacious and comfortable for the passengers. Fully air-conditioned with tinted windows to maximise traveller’s comfort needs. To ensure passenger and driver safety, each bus is equipped with the latest security camera systems inside and out.
Two of the buses will be used for the Hospital Link service which begins on April 19, 2020. The third bus will service the Sheffield to Devonport route as of Monday 20, 2020.
The Devonport bus interchange is temporarily relocating as of Tuesday, March 31 2020. Relocation is from the current northern end of Rooke St to Oldaker St, just out the front of the former Devonport Living City building. The relocation is in light of the current and future planned roadworks taking place in Rooke St. The relocation is expected to to be in use for 6 months.
As of April 19, 2020, Merseylink will be the new service provider of route 85 Hospital Link. We have introduced two new low floor buses to service the route which operates between Latrobe Mersey Hospital and Burnie North West Regional Hospital, as well as stops at Devonport, Ulverstone, and Burnie UTAS campus. The current timetable and route for this service will not be affected after change-over.
Click here for current route service and timetable information.
We are continuing to stick to strict cleaning procedures to ensure that the health and safety of our passengers remain at the highest standard. The below media release from March 24, 2020, by The Department of State Growth outlines all necessary measures bus operators and passengers need to be taking during this time.
Using buses during COVID-19 The Department of State Growth is working with bus operators to introduce practical measures on public transport to ensure that people who need to travel and bus drivers are kept as safe as possible.
Anyone who is required to be in isolation must not use public transport. Similarly, anyone who is unwell should not use public transport.
Whenever possible, passengers should:
• Where there is available capacity, leave a spare seat between passengers. This does not apply to families or people from the same household.
• Consider traveling at non-peak times when buses are not as full and if you are undertaking short trips, consider walking or cycling. • When queuing for the bus, passengers should keep a minimum of one metre from other passengers.
• Use non-cash payment options whenever this is possible (get a Greencard and top it up before you get on the bus where this option applies); provide the correct fare if you need to pay with cash. • Practice good hygiene and be considerate of others when on the bus.
• Comply with any requests from drivers – they are providing a critical service for the Tasmanian community and are doing a great job.
It will not always be possible to apply distancing where there are large passenger numbers seeking to use a service – this will not occur often.
Adults seeking to board a bus which has a high number of passengers are asked to consider waiting for the next service, however this request does not apply to children.
Bus operators are also responding by increasing the frequency of cleaning of buses with a focus on high volume touch points.
The Department of State Growth will be providing posters to bus operators to place on buses to remind passengers of the measures they can take.
Public transport, including school buses, continues to operate in Tasmania and as essential services are not subject to the COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings or social distancing.
Stay informed on this continually evolving situation by using these websites:
- Australian Department of Health: www.health.gov.au/news/health-aerts/novel-coronavirus2019-ncov-health-alert
- Tasmanian Department of Health: www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/news/2020/coronavirus_update
- Tasmanian Department of Health Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HealthTas/
We wish to advise our passengers that the proposed North West bus network scheduled to be implemented on April 19, 2020, by The Department of State Growth has been now deferred to January 2021.
This decision, although difficult, was made to reduce the time spent within the communities during COVID-19.
We would like to thank you for your patience and understanding.
As of March 31, 2020, the Torquay Ferry – Spirit of Devonport ceased operation for the foreseeable future in an aid to flatten the curve caused by COVID-19. Health and safety is our number one priority, so we believe this is in the best interest of our employees and passengers. We are hoping to be sailing again soon, but in the meantime be safe and take care of yourself.
You can keep updated on Ferry changes by visiting our Facebook website