26 September 2023

Public transport feels the brakes

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The Public Transport Authority (PTA) has announced it will scale back public transport services for a period of three weeks from next Monday, 6 April.

Minister for Transport, Rita Saffioti said the COVID-19 pandemic had significantly impacted patronage on transport networks.

“We will be closely monitoring the pandemic situation to ensure those who rely on public transport to get to their workplaces – to perform jobs which are often essential to the State – can continue to do so,” Ms Saffioti said.

The Minister said weekday bus and train services would move to Saturday timetables and all train services after midnight on weekends would no longer run under the changes announced.

“While the reduced service arrangements are initially in place for a period of three weeks, we will monitor the latest health advice and patronage levels to review whether it needs to be extended,” Ms Saffioti said.

She said adjusted levels of service aimed to strike a balance between providing an essential service and minimising costs to the taxpayer while demand for public transport was low.

“It should be recognised that public transport staff have gone above and beyond their usual duties to continue delivering essential public transport services to our community – I thank them for their efforts,” she said.

She said to ensure social distancing on public transport was not compromised, the PTA would continue to monitor patronage closely and add additional services if required.

The temporary services information is available on the Transwa and Transperth websites and Transperth App.

“There will be no hard-copy changes to timetables or information at bus stops,” Ms Saffioti said.

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