Alannah MacTiernan

Alannah MacTiernan

Minister for Planning and Infrastructure

    New PTA to provide better planned and integrated services

    30/06/2003 3:24 PM

    For the first time, Western Australia will have an agency dedicated to overseeing all of the State’s public transport services.

    Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan said that from July 1, the new Public Transport Authority (PTA) would combine the WA Government Railways Commission, Transperth, the administration of school buses and regional public transport and the $1.4billion New MetroRail project.

    “WA’s public transport system of road, rail and ferries will record an estimated 95 million passenger boardings this year (to June 30),” Ms MacTiernan said.

    “Access to quality affordable public transport underpins the community’s access to health and community services, education and opportunities for employment.

    “In the city it brings environmental and economic benefits by reducing pollution and congestion - without it, the city would be unworkable.

    “Public transport also delivers mobility for those who through age, disability or economic circumstances do not have access to private travel.

    “In rural WA our public transport services also make an important contribution to local tourism.

    “Creating a single public transport agency will result in more effective, better co-ordinated services for existing passengers and potential new users.

    “The new agency will be responsible for planning and constructing new public transport infrastructure and marketing public transport.

    “It will also enable a more co-ordinated approach to security on metropolitan bus and train networks.”

    WAGR has gone through a series of changes since it was formed in 1890. The privatisation of rail freight in 2000 left it as purely a provider of passenger services."

    Ms MacTiernan said the PTA’s responsibilities would include:

    • more than 1,000 buses servicing 305 passenger routes and 482 school special routes, and 56 million boardings annually;
    • four railway lines, 54 stations, 48 two-car sets, and 31 million annual boardings;
    • a ferry service between Barrack Square and South Perth with two ferries and 480,000 annual boardings; and
    • a 227-member Transit Guard force and other security services.
    • three passenger train services - the Prospector, Australind and Avonlink and 20 road coaches on a 2,500km network of integrated train and coach services;
    • town bus services in Albany, Bunbury, Busselton, Carnarvon, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Port Hedland;
    • town school bus services in Broome, Collie, Esperance, Karratha, Kununurra, Manjimup, Narrogin; and
    • more than 700 orange school bus contracts which carry 25,000 students a day and travel a total of 143,000km a day.
    New MetroRail
    • the $1.4billion project to extend rail services to Kwinana, Rockingham Mandurah, Clarkson and Thornlie and purchase 93 new railcars.

    Ms MacTiernan said that in 2003-2004, the PTA would have a recurrent budget of $354million and a capital works budget of $281million.

    Information about the PTA is available online at

    Minister's office: 9213 6400