TransKarratha talks to begin
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.