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FREMANTLE SCRAPS RED CAT BUS

 

As flagged on Freo’s View last weekend Fremantle Council wants to scrap half of the free CAT bus service, to make necessary budget savings.

On Wednesday evening Councillors agreed to ask the Public Transport Authority for a variation in contract and scrap the Red CAT that runs a loop from the Maritime Museum to the Fremantle Arts Centre.

Fremantle Council also wants to reduce the frequency of the Blue CAT that loops from the railway station to South Beach from one bus every ten minutes to one every 20 minutes.

If the PTA agrees to the contract changes it would save Fremantle $ 432,000 per year. The PTA pays 40% and the City of Fremantle 60% of the service.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE COUNCIL CAT NAB

 

 

Fremantle Council plans to half the free CAT bus service, by stopping the Red CAT bus service that runs from the Maritime Museum and past the Fremantle Arts Centre. It also wants to half the frequency of the Blue CAT bus, that runs along South Terrace to South Beach and back to the railway station, from a bus every 10 minutes to one every 20 minutes.

To do so the City of Fremantle would need agreement from the Public Transport Authority, which pays 40% of the cost of the CAT services, while the CoF pays 60%.

In 2018/19 678,107 people used the Blue CAT, while only 148,853 used the Red CAT service.

On Wednesday Council will decide if to ask the CEO to negotiate with the PTA to agree that for a 12 months period only the Blue CAT will be in service in Fremantle.

Fremantle Council will have to make some hard budget decisions to compensate for the loss of revenue this year, due to Covid19, and the CAT bus was always going to be one that would be considered, with concerns that Councillors would scrap the entire service. This is probably a sensible compromise.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE SOCIETY WANT CAT BUS SCRAPPED

 

Fremantle Society president John Dowson has sent emails to the members that argue for the scrapping of the popular CAT bus in Fremantle. Dowson says the $ 800,000 a year for the bus service should go to the repairs of Arthur’s Head.

I am all for redirecting as much money as the City can afford to finally get the stabilisation work at historic Arthur’s Head done, but not at the cost of stopping the CAT bus service.

John Dowson writes that it is only an idea and not the position of the Fremantle Society committee, and that new South Fremantle Councillor Marija Vujcic is willing to put a motion to Council about it.

Dowson claims that Deputy Mayor Andrew Sullivan is also keen to scrap the CAT bus, but when I bumped into that South Fremantle Councillor, with appropriate social distancing, he said that was not the case.

The CAT bus is popular with local Freo people and tourists and a great way of connecting the CBD with South Fremantle, and for people to get to the Arts and Leisure centres.

I am all for keeping the CAT, but the financial situation of the City is precarious, so time will tell what savings need to be made, now that one of the major lines of income, parking fees and fines, has dried up because of the Covid-19 crisis.

Roel Loopers

FEWER TRAINS, BUSES AND CAT

Posted in city of fremantle, covid-19, public transport, Uncategorized by freoview on April 1, 2020

 

People relying on public transport and the Fremantle CAT buses need to be aware that the services have been significantly reduced and trains and buses won’t drive as frequently as we are used to.

The demand for public transport has dropped considerably, by 80 per cent, because many people are working from home while even more self isolate, and there is not much use of letting near empty trains and buses do their loops.

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SOUTH TERRACE CLOSED FOR TRAFFIC NORTH

Posted in city of fremantle, public transport, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on September 2, 2019

 

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Fremantle’s South Terrace, better known as the Cappuccino Strip, is closed this week for traffic going north due to the Pipes for Fremantle work by the Water Corporation.

This also affects the bus service in that direction.

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FREMANTLE LINE TRAIN CHANGES

 

There will be changes to the Fremantle Line train services from July 21 with all trains stopping at all station from there on. I assume that means there won’t be any express trains to and from Fremantle anymore.

Transperth states that two B Series trains will be running Monday to Friday during the morning and afternoon peak period but I am not sure what B Series stands for and could not find the answer on the PTA website either.

So if you commute daily by train it is best to check out the changes and new timetable.

Roel Loopers

IS FREMANTLE REALLY A LIGHTRAIL OPTION?

 

trackless tram

 

Lightrail is allegedly popular because buses are deemed to be boring and uncomfortable while trains are sexy, hence TV stations in Perth yesterday showed Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and CUSP Professor Peter Newman promoting trackless trams through Fremantle and all the way to Murdoch.

“The world is watching us” Newman proclaimed, but the new technology is not that new at all with the first guided systems dating back to the late 1980s, while it has had limited commercial success since the 2000s in places like Rouen in France, Castellon in Spain and Las Vegas, and there is one somewhere in China as well I believe.

Trackless trams look good, I have to agree, and at only $15 million per kilometre are about a third cheaper than trams on rail, but they can get stuck in traffic, like buses and that is not very good for public transport.

The promo video on TV yesterday showed a trackless tram along the Cappuccino Strip and High Street in the West End where traffic often comes to a standstill because of traffic volume or people parking. A trackless tram down the popular Freo strip would also be the end for any parade such as the Blessing of the Fleet and Anzac Day going through there because unlike buses lightrail can’t just be diverted through other streets.

The low gradient for trackless trams is also a worry. Could they drive up to South Street at the Hilton Hill or High Street near Monument Hill?

According to Professor Newman two trackless trains are waiting for a trial in Australia, but Hobart, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth also are interested which will make Fremantle unlikely to be the preferred option.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE TRAINS NOT RUNNING TODAY

 

Yesterday I saw a notice on Facebook by the PTA that Fremantle trains would not be running at night this weekend but a Roundhouse volunteer guide just told me she had to take a bus from Mosman Park because the trains are not running during the day either.

With WINTERWORLD just starting today it is amazing how the Public Transport Authority so often cancel Freo trains when festivals are on. Is there any collaboration with the City of Fremantle at all?

Roel Loopers

IT’S RIDE TO SCHOOL DAY THIS FRIDAY

 

Ride to School Day

Have you organised that your children, accompanied by a parent, ride to school this Friday?

March 22 is National Ride2School Day, so a great day to get started on not driving to school or using public transport.

If more kids rode to school we might need less of the 600 new Diesel!!! buses the McGowan government has announced it will get made for Perth.

We do not need more diesel pollution and we need to be more aware that all these things contribute to global warming. From little things big things grow!

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HARMLESS PARCEL CLOSES FREMANTLE RAILWAY STATION

 

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The Fremantle railway station was closed for over two hours from 8am this morning when PTA transit guards found a suspicious package and the bomb squad was called in.

Traffic along Phillimore Street was diverted and some train and bus commuters experienced delays.

The parcel turned out to be harmless.

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