Revamped city bus service just days away
Public transport options in Karratha are set to improve dramatically when a long-awaited modern bus service finally takes to the road.
From January 1, a fleet of seven modern green and silver, low-floor and air-conditioned buses will be operating under the brand name of TransKarratha.
The buses will use the same SmartRider technology as bus and train services in the metropolitan area.
Existing community and school bus routes will be renumbered for the new service and more are expected to be added.
Public Transport Authority spokesman David Hynes said once operational, TransKarratha would complete the PTA’s decadelong roll-out of comprehensive bus services to WA regional centres.
“This project will bring the branding and ticketing systems onboard Karratha’s public transport into line with that offered in Perth and other large regional centres, including Port Hedland, Geraldton, Albany, Busselton, and Bunbury,” he said.
“The seven fully accessible TransKarratha-branded buses, which are also fitted with SmartRider ticketing machines and CCTV, are already in Karratha ahead of the January 1 launch.”
Mr Hynes said the PTA had gained “excellent” resident feedback at a Karratha community consultation held in October designed to help it tailor the service locally.
City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the “significantly enhanced” public transport system would address long-term community concern about the City’s lack of accessibility for people without a car.
“The existing bus service offered by the City and Rio Tinto has served a valuable purpose in providing transport options for residents across our towns but we know the community has been eager to see this service improved,” he said. “We have been working hard to make this happen and over the past 12 months have been working closely with the Public Transport Authority to modernise the City’s public transport service.”
The City of Karratha is upgrading its 90 bus stops in stages for the new service.
Its administration office will also act as the local SmartRider retail sales outlet.
For more information about TransKarratha routes, fares and timetables, go to the PTA TransRegional website at pta.wa.gov.au/our-services/transregional.