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Perth Now --> Perth bus, train commuter numbers falling sharply

--- Quote ---PERTH commuters are abandoning buses and trains at an unprecedented rate, which is bad news for motorists already frustrated with congestion on the roads.

After patronage dropped to a four-year low in 2015-16, new figures reveal an even more dramatic fall in the first three months of 2016-17.

The Opposition said the trend was disturbing, but Transport Minister Bill Marmion said the softening economy had seen fewer commuters travelling into the CBD.

Mr Marmion also conceded that cheaper petrol and improved roads may have seen some people return to their cars.

The latest data shows there were 1.7 million fewer public transport journeys across the metropolitan area in July, August and September compared with last year, a fall of 4.5 per cent.

The decline was across all train lines, but included an extraordinary 15 per cent fall in patronage on the Armadale line, from 2.27 million to 1.92 million journeys.

Overall bus journeys were down about 915,000, or 4.3 per cent.

The unprecedented rate of decline comes after public transport patronage fell by 3.2 million journeys (or 2.1 per cent) in 2015-16.

Shadow transport minister Rita Saffioti said the trend was disturbing and declining public transport patronage was not good news for suburban congestion.

It also meant the State was collecting less in fare revenue.

“The continued falls in patronage on the heritage lines like Armadale are a result of a lack of investment on these lines by the Barnett Government,” she said.

“We need to invest in our existing infrastructure, upgrading stations and creating more density around these stations on our heritage lines to increase patronage.”

Curtin University transport expert Peter Newman said the trend was “not pleasant”.

“It’s like the boom never happened and Perth has slipped back to being a big country town,” Professor Newman said.

Earlier this year, he said Perth’s declining public transport patronage defied international trends.

“We have built Gateway WA and widened the freeway and the tunnel,” he said.

“We did a small rail extension and committed to the airport rail, which are good projects.

“But it is still a glaring hole that we could not build MAX light rail.”

Despite the patronage fall, Mr Marmion said consecutive surveys showed people who used public transport were overwhelmingly happy with the service level.

“We’ve got more buses, covering more kilometres, and more railcars out on the network than ever before,” he said.

Ferry patronage for the three months jumped 80 per cent on last year, to 137,396 from 76,219 journeys.
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Perth has an excellent network, both bus and train.

Probably just a reflection of the mining boom downturn.

^ yes.  Looking forward to my January visit .. :bna: :clp:

WA Today --> Perth public transport patronage down as WA pumps $1.3 billion into Metronet

--- Quote ---Patronage on Transperth services has dropped to its lowest levels in six years just as the McGowan government announces a $1.3 billion boost to extend Perth's public transport network.

Five million less trips were made in 2016-17, with train rides down 4 percent and bus rides down 3 percent despite customer satisfaction being at an all time high.

This year's Transperth Passenger Satisfaction Monitor – an annual survey of 4,000 customers – shows nine in ten passengers were happy with the service.

Perth Transport Authority spokesman David Hynes said the drop in passengers was caused by the economic downturn.

"The widely-reported procession of jobs and businesses out of the CBD was the biggest single factor behind the patronage fall," he said.

"While there is only anecdotal evidence of the number of CBD jobs which have disappeared, 20,000 public transport users would translate to ten million trips a year."

Mr Hynes said discretional use, represented in a drop in DayRider and FamilyRider tickets, suggested that people had less disposable income.

"[People] are choosing to stay at home or are at least being more measured in their amount of leisure activity," he said.

In the same satisfaction survey, 26 percent of passengers said they felt unsafe at train stations at night, compared 24 percent in 2016.

At bus stops 22 percent of patrons said they felt unsafe at night, compared to 21 percent last year.

Strange people, drunks and drug users and a lack of security are the main reason for safety concerns of passengers.

A lack of security was cause for concern for 57 percent of female passengers who said they felt unsafe on trains at night – rising 17 percent from the previous year.

"As has been well documented in the media, violent and antisocial behaviour seems to be happening more frequently in society as a whole – this is also reflected in the results of the PSM," Mr Hynes said.

Mr Hynes said any antisocial behaviour was unacceptable on Transperth services.

"Our trains, buses, platforms and stations across the network are regularly monitored in a variety of ways including by our team of highly-trained transit officers, mobile patrols, private security contractors, our high-tech 10,000+ camera CCTV system and 24-hour Central Monitoring Room (CMR)."

The passenger survey comes on the back of the WA government allocating funding for two key projects in the WA government's Metronet plan - the Joondalup line extension to Yanchep and the Thornlie Line extension - in the 2017 budget.

"As more Metronet public transport projects come online, patronage will grow naturally as more services are located closer to where people live and want to travel," Mr Hynes said.

"The project will also help grow a network of well-connected activity centres across Perth, another vital step to ensuring a sustainable, accessible public transport network for the future."

The state government also earmarked $500,000 of the budget for a public awareness campaign aimed at enticing more patrons to public transport.
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Perth Now --> Perth man charged over Joondalup line 'train surfing stunt'

--- Quote ---A 23-YEAR-OLD man has been charged after he was allegedly caught train surfing on the Joondalup line on Saturday.

The man is alleged to have spent four minutes standing on the back of the train he boarded at Leederville Station about 4.30pm.

The train reached speeds of up to 110km/h while the man allegedly clung on to a windscreen while nervous freeway passengers filmed the alleged stunt on their mobile phones.

The man allegedly moved on to the carriage when the train reached Glendalough Station.

The Public Transport Authority’s David Hynes said authorities arrested the man at Stirling Station.

“As soon as we found out, we started taking action. The train was going to stop at Glendalough anyway, it did. We saw that he got off and got on to the train, we arrested him at the next station,” he told Seven News.

The man has been charged with trespassing.
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