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PUB­LIC TRANS­PORT and gen­eral com­muter in­put was be­ing sought by the West Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment last month for Perth’s Cen­tral Area Tran­sit (CAT) bus ser­vice re­view, with the data used to ex­am­ine whether new or ex­panded routes are pos­si­ble.

With the re­view said to seek op­ti­mi­sa­tion of the free city shut­tle ser­vice, “big data” will be used to ex­am­ine pas­sen­ger move­ments across Perth CBD. Pas­sen­gers are urged to have their say in dig­i­tal sur­vey and com­mu­nity ses­sions, the McGowan Gov­ern­ment states.

Ar­guably an al­ready highly suc­cess­ful Perth bus ser­vice run by Transperth, this will be the first ma­jor re­view since the ‘Green CAT’ ser­vice was in­tro­duced in 2013.

Part of the re­search will in­clude in­ves­ti­gat­ing de­mand for a night-time ‘Black’ CAT, which – sub­ject to fund­ing – could link res­i­den­tial devel­op­ments, ho­tels and en­ter­tain­ment ar­eas in east and west Perth with the city cen­tre’s main en­ter­tain­ment dis­tricts, the Gov­ern­ment states.

As re­ported, Transperth is also col­lab­o­rat­ing with the Depart­ment of Trans­port, which is procur­ing for new ori­gin– des­ti­na­tion in­for­ma­tion, it claims. This data can be used to see where and when peo­ple in the CBD want to travel, so the state gov­ern­ment can in­ves­ti­gate how best to get them there, it states.


In this year’s Pas­sen­ger Sat­is­fac­tion Mon­i­tor (PSM) – an an­nual sur­vey of more than 4,000 reg­u­lar Transperth pas­sen­gers – 96 per cent of the 300 Perth CAT bus pas­sen­gers sur­veyed said they were ei­ther sat­is­fied or very sat­is­fied with the CBD ser­vices, it states.

Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti said: “With all the new de­vel­op­ment that’s taken place in Perth – from Ya­gan Square to the Op­tus Sta­dium and our other grow­ing and vi­brant en­ter­tain­ment precincts – it’s im­por­tant we con­tinue to look for­ward to en­sure we’re get­ting the best out of th­ese ser­vices.”

Above: Perth MLA John Carey and WA Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti are city bus CAT fans.

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