A new Yellow CAT bus service which connects the East Perth residential area and Claisebrook Station directly to the centre of Perth will begin operating later this year.
Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan said the new Yellow CAT would stop along Wellington Street and integrate with the Red and Blue CAT services. It would be a 15-minute service for most of the day, with a 10-minute service from 7.30am to 9.00am.
Ms MacTiernan said the Red CAT would revert to a five-minute service along the route, south of Wellington Street, which it serviced before February this year.
“The new Yellow CAT offers very good community connectivity and will deliver passengers to the central city more quickly than previously,” she said.
“This is a reasonable middle-ground solution to meeting the needs of East Perth residents, while reducing the noise of buses operating high frequency services on residential streets.
“The frequency of the service at peak periods will be reviewed annually to ensure that it is meeting passenger demand.”
Perth MLA John Hyde said good quality public transport was vital to inner city living.
“I am happy to support the Yellow CAT solution, and I note that the concept has also been agreed to by the City of Perth,” Mr Hyde said.
“While the extension of Red CAT services north of Wellington Street in February was welcomed by many residents, some living along the route objected to the noise of buses passing every five minutes in both directions.”
Ms MacTiernan said Transperth had worked with residents’ groups and taken into account the results of a community survey and the views of Perth City Council in developing the Yellow CAT service.
Transperth anticipates the Yellow CAT being launched on December 15 provided all works approvals occur according to plan.
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