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Perth’s public transport timetables will change, with fewer express trains, more frequent ferries and a high-frequency bus service between the city and Thornlie.
The city’s least used bus service will be axed.
During the week, only an average of 1.4 people used Route 449 between Warwick train station and Warwick Grove shopping centre.
Many bus timetables have been changed to cope with worsening traffic congestion, especially during peak times.
Bus service routes and times at 29 schools will also be altered.
The changes start on January 31.
Public Transport Authority spokesman David Hynes said the wide-ranging changes were about giving taxpayers the best return on their investment.
“The removal of some express train services will marginally increase journey times for some passengers,” Mr Hynes said.
“But this increase must be considered in the context of the advantage to other passengers, who will receive a more frequent all-stopper service.
“Due to the arrival of the first 15 of the 22 new railcars, the majority of trains on the Joondalup and Mandurah lines at peak are now six-car sets.
“That means we now have capacity to pick up more passengers at stations closer to Perth.
“As a result, services which previously operated express are now all-stoppers and can collect more passengers.”
Daily rail services on the Mandurah line will begin earlier.
The new high-frequency bus service, Route 930, will run between Elizabeth Quay and Thornlie stations, via Shepperton Road, Albany Highway and Spencer Road.
Routes 516, 517, 518 and 519 out of Murdoch train station will now extend to Challenger Institute, via Fiona Wood Road.
This article first appeared on au.news.yahoo.com
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