Transperth's suburban electric rail service is to be given a new name from this weekend when the existing Armadale, Fremantle and Midland lines will be identified as the Fastrak system.
Transport Minister Pam Beggs today said the name reflected the enormous benefits and improvements that had been made to the city's existing rail network since electrification earlier this year.
"Fastrak conveys the image that has been developing among the public - that is one of a fast, high quality and modern system very different from the previous one," Mrs Beggs said.
"The old image of train travel in Perth as dirty, unreliable, smelly and uncomfortable has been replaced with a system that is environmentally friendly and one of the most reliable anywhere in the world."
Mrs Beggs said Transperth had tested a number of network names and Fastrak had proven the most popular among the 500 people surveyed.
The Fastrak name also would play an important role in Transperth's on-going campaign to break the 'love affair' Perth people had with the motor car.
Fastrak would be central to an information campaign beginning this weekend aimed at highlighting the benefits of the rail network to established and potential train users.
"It is essential that people are continually encouraged to use public transport, especially the rail network for the future benefit of our city and its environment as well as maximising the benefits from the community's investment in the system," Mrs Beggs said.
The new northern suburbs rail line would be brought under the Fastrak banner when the integrated bus/rail service was fully operational next year.