Get onboard with a new bus service
In April, I advised the Public Transport Authority had finally agreed to provide a fully State-funded public transport system here in our region.
We have now been given a start date for this service of January 1, 2017.
A new depot has been purchased by the PTA in the Karratha Industrial Estate and the fleet of low-floor Public Transport Authority-owned buses will be arriving soon. These are branded TransKarratha and are painted silver and green.
The SmartRider ticketing system, which will be implemented from January, can be used on TransPerth buses as well as in Karratha.
Unused MultiRider credit can be transferred to the SmartRider system for the first three months.
Adding value to the SmartRider can occur via an autoload, BPAY, on-board the buses or at retail sales outlets. These sales outlet locations will be advised when negotiations are complete.
Cards will have an initial fee of $10, $5 for concession holders, and students will receive their first ride free of charge.
The community bus routes will be renumbered to be consistent with PTA services Statewide, beginning at Route 880 for the Point Samson to Dampier run.
A promotional flyer will be circulated via town newsletters later this month.
All enquiries should be directed to the PTA on 13 62 13. Peter Long is the City of Karratha Mayor.