Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Minister for Transport; Planning

    Free late-night Fringe CAT buses revved up for arts festival

    14/01/2019 7:30 AM
    • State Government to run special late red Fringe CAT buses from January 22 to March 3
    • Free evening service will operate every 15 minutes from about 7pm to midnight
    • Will provide transport to Girls School venue for A Midnight Visit, and other FRINGE WORLD Festival hubs
    • Special event service part of wider public consultation on CAT services in Perth 

    A special event late-night Fringe CAT will be running between festival venues from January 22 to March 3 to help passengers get to and from FRINGE WORLD Festival entertainment hubs.


    Transport Minister Rita Saffioti announced the special services today at the Girls School venue in East Perth, where acclaimed performance A Midnight Visit will be staged.


    The free Fringe Red CAT will run a special route on a 15-minute frequency between Perth Busport and various Fringe Festival venues, including at Girls School.


    Services will operate from around 7pm to 9.45pm during the week, with extended Fringe CATs running to about midnight on Friday and Saturday nights.


    Passengers who use the Fringe CAT will be urged to provide their feedback on the extended service as part of a wider ongoing consultation into the Central Area Transit (CAT) bus services.


    The consultation will help guide the future of the highly popular free CAT services, including any potential future time or route extensions.


    So far more than 500 people have provided feedback on the CAT services via the My Say Transport website, with eight in 10 passengers saying they were satisfied or very satisfied with the existing services. The survey is open until January 31.


    For more information on Transperth services or to plan your journey, visit the Transperth website or call the Transperth InfoLine on 13 62 13.


    Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:


    "Getting around during FRINGE WORLD Festival will be even easier with the special late-night Fringe CAT services.


    "Fringe World Festival brings such vibrancy to the city, so providing easy, frequent and late-night access to public transport through the Fringe CAT is a great initiative.


    "The major Fringe event hubs in Yagan Square, Perth Cultural Centre, Ice Cream Factory and The Woodside Pleasure Garden are all easily accessible by Transperth services, and I'd encourage all attendees to consider making public transport part of their event plan."


    Comments attributed to Perth MLA John Carey:


    "One of the most popular ideas to come out of the Perth City Summit and other community meetings has been to extend the CAT bus service into the evenings.


    "This is all about supporting more vibrancy, activity and nightlife in the Perth CBD - and this partnership with Fringe is a fantastic example of that.


    "We know the CAT bus services are a much-loved part of Perth's transport system, and I'm looking forward to finding out what passengers think we can do to make them even better through our review of the CAT bus system."


    Comments attributed to Fringe Festival director Amber Hasler:


    "Part of the magic of Fringe Festival is opening up unique parts of the city for people to explore and enjoy.


    "Special services like the Fringe CAT - along with regular public transport services - are a great way to get to both the major Fringe hubs, and the venues like Girls School which are on the fringes of the festival."


    Minister's office - 6552 5500