Get on­board with a new bus ser­vice

Pilbara News - - Opinion - Peter Long

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.

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