WA GOVT TO CONDUCT PERTH SHUTTLE BUS REVIEW
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.