The Gallop Government will commit to the third of the cost of a free Joondalup CAT bus service primarily aimed at linking local educational institutions with the CBD and student accommodation areas.
Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan and Joondalup MLA Tony O’Gorman today announced that Government funding had been approved for the project, on the basis that costs would be shared with Edith Cowan University and the City of Joondalup.
The service could start within six weeks of long-term funding commitments being secured from ECU and the City.
“We are very keen to get the Joondalup CAT up and running as soon as possible,” Ms MacTiernan said.
“Today’s commitment is a major step in delivering a free bus service through the heart of Joondalup’s CBD.
“I would encourage the City of Joondalup and Edith Cowan in joining the Government to make this service a reality.”
Initially, the free circuit bus service will run from the Joondalup Station, south into Grand Boulevard, east along Kendrew Crescent and Chancellor Drive, north along Lakeside Drive to Shenton Avenue, via Boas Avenue, Davidson Terrace, before re-joining Grand Boulevard and heading south to the Joondalup Station to complete the loop.
The Minister said the route would service key facilities in the area, including Edith Cowan, the WA Police Academy, TAFE, the Civic Centre and Library, Joondalup Health Campus, the Joondalup Court and Lakeside Shopping Centre.
Initially, the single bus will run in an anti-clockwise direction at about a 15-minute frequency, between 8am and 6pm on weekdays.
“This will be the case until traffic lights are installed at the Kendrew-Grand Boulevard intersection, to facilitate the right turn into Grand Boulevard,” Ms MacTiernan said.
“The lights will make it possible to introduce a second bus, running clockwise, to give commuters the best level of service possible.”
The proposed route arrangement was one of several considered by a working group and chaired by Mr O’Gorman.
“The working group brought together various stakeholders with the clear intent of obtaining long-term agreements to fund the service, which will cost more than $350,000 a year,” Mr O’Gorman said.
“The introduction of a free, regular bus service through the CBD will help Joondalup cement its position as the capital of the north.
“I am very pleased that the Gallop Government has put its money on the table to make this project happen.
“It is just another example of Labor’s commitment to delivering world-class public transport to the northern suburbs.”
As part of the commitment, the Government will also provide one-off funding of $75,000 in the current financial year, for start-up requirements as the provision of modular bus stops, signage and the printing of timetables.
In the longer term, the Government is prepared to take on up to 34 per cent of the cost, with the balance to be shared between ECU and the City of Joondalup.
Ms MacTiernan said long-term funding commitments would be required from ECU and the City.
“This is in accordance with existing arrangements we have with the City of Perth and the City of Fremantle for the Perth and Fremantle CATs,” the Minister explained.
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