Fremantle residents and visitors will soon enjoy a free, year-round CAT bus service in a jointly funded venture between Transperth and the City of Fremantle.
Announcing the initiative today, Acting Transport Minister Hendy Cowan said the existing Fremantle Clipper Service, currently operating on weekends and public holidays, would become a daily service with dedicated mid-sized buses.
The new service, scheduled to commence in August, would operate at ten to fifteen-minute intervals between the hours of 8am and 6pm, and could be linked to train arrivals and departures.
“The optimum route and stop locations are currently being investigated by the City of Fremantle and it’s welcome news that we will be able to provide the new service free of charge, as happens with the popular CAT service operating in Perth,” Mr Cowan said.
Additional services could also be provided for special Fremantle events such as the Sardine Festival and Fremantle Festival.
Fremantle Mayor Richard Utting said that the City would be receiving a unique bus service.
“Our buses will feature distinctive images designed by local artists to give it a ‘Very Freo’ flavour,” he said.
“These images could also be included on the drivers’ uniforms.”
The Acting Transport Minister said the new service represented the commencement of an important strategic relationship between Transperth and the City of Fremantle.
“Fremantle is very committed to public transport and is prepared to share the costs of this new service,” Mr Cowan said.
“Fremantle will raise the bulk of the revenue needed to fund the service through the introduction of parking fees for on-street parking on Sundays.
“We think this is an excellent way to encourage people to either catch public transport to Fremantle or park their cars at peripheral car parks and use public transport to travel between destinations within the city centre.
“Fremantle has created an innovative solution to the provision of tailored town bus services. It has the potential to reduce circulating traffic in the city centre and make Fremantle more enjoyable for everyone. It is also better for the environment,” he said.
Mr Cowan said that the Fremantle Clipper service was the first in what he hoped would be many similar joint ventures with local governments.
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