Area Connect is intended to facilitate your access to transport for employment, training, non-emergency medical or personal care, and improve your connection to your community. It does not duplicate any existing services; rather it expands the effectiveness of existing services by connecting with them.
Its main purpose is to get people to where they need to go – either by connecting them to an existing public transport service or taking them to their destination where no public transport exists.
While it can also connect with funded community transport and with mainstream public transport, it is different and separate from either of these, created to fill a different need.
This service has been created and developed by Community Transport Services Tasmania in consultation with the Tasmanian community.
The main objectives of Area Connect are:
Connect to employment: to provide a transport solution for people with no private transport and/or poor access to public transport, to get them to and from their place of employment in a reliable and timely fashion.
Connect to training: to provide a transport solution for people with no private transport and/or poor access to public transport, to get them to and from their trade training centre or other vocational training program.
Connect to community: to enable and enhance social connection by providing transport for people singly or in groups, with no private transport and/or poor access to public transport, to attend social functions, shopping trips, non-emergency medical and personal care appointments, attend to personal business etc.
Connect with public transport: to carry people who live some distance from existing public transport, from an agreed pickup point to a suitable location where they can complete their journey on scheduled public transport.