Road talk

Tran­sKar­ratha talks to be­gin

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Per­era

A new pub­lic trans­port sys­tem will be in­tro­duced in Kar­ratha from the be­gin­ning of next year, mak­ing lo­cal dis­tricts eas­ier to get around with­out a car.

The new sys­tem, Tran­sKar­ratha, will be rolled out from Jan­uary 1 and will con­sist of seven air-con­di­tioned buses cir­cu­lat­ing in the wider Kar­ratha area, in ad­di­tion to the ex­ist­ing bus routes from Kar­ratha to Dampier and from Kar­ratha to Point Sam­son, which will be re­branded as routes 880 and 881.

The fi­nal list of bus routes will be de­ter­mined after lo­cal con­sul­ta­tion be­ing run by the Pub­lic Trans­port Author­ity this week.

Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said Tran­sKar­ratha would pro­vide a more ex­ten­sive and mod­ern pub­lic trans­port sys­tem than the for­mer com­mu­nity bus ser­vice jointly funded by Rio Tinto and the PTA.

“Tran­sKar­ratha will be of­fer­ing greater fre­quen­cies than the com­mu­nity bus ser­vice, which will make pub­lic trans­port a more at­trac­tive op­tion,” he said.

“Pub­lic trans­port is im­por­tant for cre­at­ing a well-con­nected city and will help our res­i­dents who do not drive, par­tic­u­larly youth and older peo­ple, to get around and be­tween towns and to essential services and ameni­ties.”

Transperth spokesman David Hynes said Tran­sKar­ratha would com­plete its roll-out of Trans­branded buses in large re­gional cen­tres, a PTA ini­tia­tive which has been go­ing on for al­most a decade.

“The process has brought re­gional pub­lic trans­port services into line with those of­fered in metropoli­tan Perth, with mod­ern, fully ac­ces­si­ble buses and tech­nol­ogy like the SmartRider tick­et­ing sys­tem,” he said.

“At this stage, Kar­ratha will be the fi­nal area to have Trans-branded services in­tro­duced.”

Re­gional WA towns that al­ready have Trans-branded pub­lic trans­port sys­tems in­clude Port Hed­land, Ger­ald­ton, Al­bany, Bus­sel­ton, and Bun­bury. Mr Hynes said Tran­sKar­ratha would of­fer lo­cal pas­sen­gers the op­por­tu­nity to use SmartRider cards, in­stead of only cash tick­ets, and would in­clude dis­counts and en­ti­tle­ments for stu­dents, se­niors and pen­sion­ers.

PTA rep­re­sen­ta­tives will be at the Kar­ratha City Shop­ping Cen­tre out­side Wool­worths to­mor­row and on Fri­day to take feed­back and ques­tions from res­i­dents about the new ser­vice.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to tran­sre­gional.wa.gov.au.

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