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The Public Transport Authority shouted the message loud and clear, and the people of Perth listened.
The first test of the biggest rail shutdown in Transperth's history came yesterday as more than 39,000 football fans descended on Patersons Stadium for the West Coast and Fremantle derby.
After the game, an extra 116 buses took fans to Perth, Claisebrook and Fremantle.
Within minutes of the final siren, the queues for these buses were more than 100m long, but moving quickly.
In the hours leading up to the game it seemed most fans had planned ahead, with many praising Transperth for its handling of the shutdown and the public awareness campaign.
Subiaco and Leederville were buzzing as people arrived with hours to spare.
There was a big queue outside JB O'Reilly's pub on Cambridge Street, where Fremantle Dockers fans Clint Preedy, of Mt Helena, and Paul Lizatovich, from Bassendean, enjoyed a beer.
"Usually I would catch a train," Mr Preedy said. "We were going to get a taxi but my mate's missus drove us in so we took a gamble and found a guy who was charging $8 for a parking spot."
Gingin couple Lauren and Aaron Crofts drove to Perth on Friday and got to Leederville early to find a parking space. "We've already planned to have dinner after the game so we miss all the traffic," Mr Crofts said.
Traffic was heavy around Subiaco and Leederville, while parking inspectors were busy in Subiaco's side streets issuing fines.
Dockers ruckman Zac Clarke's brother Oscar Morse Clarke and stepfather Keith Morse kicked the footy outside the stadium yesterday after travelling to Perth from Victoria last week.
"We saw the advertising everywhere, at the station and when we were driving along the freeway, so we knew all about (the shutdown)," Mr Morse said.
Ben Raguseo said the crowds on the train to Leederville - where the train terminated - were no different to most game days. "I think (Transperth) have really done a great job to be honest - it's surprising, they've thought of everything," he said.
The shutdown runs until Wednesday and today is expected to present another challenge as thousands attempt to get to work in the city. PTA spokesman David Hynes said he was pleased with how the shutdown had gone.
"We've thrown huge resources at this and everyone seems to know it is happening and are being patient," he said. "But tomorrow is going to be the test. We're under pressure without having these partclosures."
This article first appeared on au.news.yahoo.com
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