Getting around Fremantle will be easier following the official launch today of the port city’s new Central Area Transit (CAT) service.
Unveiling the new inner city service,Transport Minister Murray Criddle said Fremantle’s CAT system was a new way for people to get around Fremantle with ease, in comfort - and at no cost.
“These distinctive bright-orange coloured low-floor Fremantle CAT buses will operate at high-frequency and provide an excellent alternative to the private car, allowing people to move around the inner streets of Fremantle with a minimum of fuss,” Mr Criddle said.
“With only limited space for car parking, making longer journeys around Fremantle is becoming increasingly awkward. Excessive car traffic is a problem for drivers, for pedestrians and for the amenity and character of the city itself.”
Mr Criddle said the Fremantle CAT system was a joint venture between the City of Fremantle and Transport.
The costs of the new CAT service would be shared between the two, with Transport retaining control of the buses. This highly-successful arrangement was already in place for the CAT buses in the Perth CBD.
“The CAT system is already well established and proven in the Perth CBD, with over 12,000 trips being made on the CAT system every day, and growing by more than five per cent each year,” Mr Criddle said.
“There’s every reason for us to think the Fremantle CAT service will enjoy similar success.”
The CAT buses unveiled today are based on the Mercedes Benz chassis being used to replace the Transperth bus fleet.
“The Fremantle CAT bus is a short-wheelbase development of that bus, designed with the shorter, narrower streets of Fremantle in mind,” Mr Criddle said.
“The buses also feature full air-conditioning and heating and a low floor with a front kneeling mechanism for easy access, and are powered by low-emission, ‘Euro 2’-standard diesel engines, running on low-sulphur fuel.
“They have their own, quite distinctive orange livery, and the drivers have been specially trained and will wear special uniforms.”
Three Fremantle CAT buses will operate seven days a week, at intervals of eight or 10 minutes and up until 10pm on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.
They will stop at 15 locations around the busiest parts of Fremantle, including Kings Square, the Fremantle Leisure Centre, the South Terrace ‘Cappuccino Strip’, Fremantle Hospital, the Maritime Museum and Fremantle Train Station.
“By connecting with the CAT service at Fremantle Train Station, people can use public transport to travel right into the heart of Fremantle,” Mr Criddle said.
The City of Fremantle has also installed a series of distinctive CAT stands - easily identified, elegantly designed stainless steel, with tactile paving for the visually impaired.
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