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Postby Mr OC Benz » Wed Dec 09, 2015 11:51 am

Use this thread for general discussion, news and service changes related to the operation of Regional Town Bus Services (RTBS) in WA.

Timetable for the new TransHedland network commencing 01 January 2016 is available now: Port Hedland Bus Timetable 1

Route 501 renumbered Route 870.
Route 301 renumbered Route 871.
Route 401 renumbered Route 872.

Zonal system centred on South Hedland which means that Port Hedland is in Zone 2 for the 870 interurban service.

Nine ex-Transperth Mercedes-Benz OC500LE buses will operate the new network.
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Re: TransRegional News - 2016

Postby 102 at 1625 » Wed Dec 09, 2015 12:13 pm

And some small route revisions (Pretty Pool deviation now serves Counihan Cr and Panjya Pde; 871/2 now travel via Kookaburra Bvd, Cormorant Ave and Collier Dr)
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Re: TransRegional News - 2016

Postby Bus-1809 » Tue Dec 22, 2015 12:36 am

I wonder if they will renumber the Perth to Mirrabooka Limited Stops bus?
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Re: TransRegional News - 2016

Postby Mr OC Benz » Wed Feb 10, 2016 11:47 am

TransBusselton Service Changes effective 21 February 2016

Route 815
- Additional school days only trip departing Busselton (via Cape Naturaliste College) at 3:00pm.
- Additional weekday trip departing Dunsborough at 7:52am (with the trip deviating via Cape Naturaliste College on school days only).

Busselton Timetable 1
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WA Regional Service Changes - 2016

Postby PaxInfo » Wed Apr 06, 2016 8:54 pm

1. Uploaded on Monday April 4 was details of a trial Thursday extension of Geraldton Route 854 services to Cape Burnley.

http://www.pta.wa.gov.au/our-services/r ... s-services

http://www.pta.wa.gov.au/Portals/0/Uplo ... 9939632217

2. Several other timetables and maps, this time for the Bunbury region, were also uploaded on the 4th.

3. Meanwhile Radio West in Kalgoorlie today reported that the Coolgardie and Kambalda weekly bus trials are continuing http://www.radiowest.com.au/goldfields/ ... continues/
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Re: TransRegional News - 2016

Postby TP1462 » Thu May 19, 2016 8:16 pm

PTA will be expanding to Karrakatha from the 1st of January 2017

https://www.tenders.wa.gov.au/watenders ... pen-tender

The Public Transport Authority (PTA) seeks the services of an appropriately experienced and qualified service provider to provide regular passenger services.
The current contract for Karratha Regional Town Bus Services is due to expire on 31 December 2016. The new contract will commence on 1 January 2017.
The Request for Tender (RFT) documents contain detailed specifications on the service levels required to provide the Services from the Commencement Date. Tenderers are not required to demonstrate how they would implement changes to the Services at contract commencement. However, the Contractor is expected to proactively and continuously review services to maximise the cost effectiveness of service delivery and to improve patronage during the contract term. All service changes should be well planned and considered and comply with Regional Town Bus Services planning principles.
Tenders will be assessed on a value for money basis inclusive of cost impacts to the PTA as a consequence of the recommended outcome.
The RFT incorporates the Proposed Karratha Regional Town Bus Services Contract (Book 3) which contains the essential service requirements that Tenderers must consider when preparing and submitting their Tender response. If there is any inconsistency between the Tender document and the Proposed Regional Town Bus Services Contract, the Service Contract shall prevail.
The scope of services includes the following activities:
I. Provision of Bus Services in the Karratha Service Area;
II. Maintenance of buses as supplied by the Authority; and
III. Maintaining the Approved Depot.


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Re: TransRegional News - 2016

Postby 102 at 1625 » Fri Jun 10, 2016 5:08 pm

Up for consultation for the next month (under the "Bunbury consultation")
  • 825 is a new shuttle to the Dolphin Discovery Centre, replacing the rerouted 827.
  • Express bus station - train station trips now numbered 826.
  • 827 no longer serves Koombana Dr (diverted via current 845 route - Hayes/Herbert/Austral).
  • 828 and 829 unchanged.
  • 830 rerouted from Spencer/Plaza/Stockley/Jarvis to the coast to compensate for removal of 831, alignment tweaked in Carey Park, selected trips extended to College Grove.
  • 831 axed! Due to low patronage there's no compensation for Dalyellup which has its Mon-Sat daytime service halved.
  • Already a milk run, 832 has been diverted via Stockley/Plaza to compensate for the realignment of the 830, also has had some half-hearted route straightening.
  • 841 and 843 unchanged.
  • 844 straightened a little in East Bunbury, extended to the existing 845 terminus.
  • 845 takes significantly more direct routes from the bus station to Bunbury Forum (the Hayes/Herbert/Austral milk run is now served by the 827) and from Bunbury forum to Eaton Fair, now deviates into Millbridge. In the longer term, will extend over the Collie River via Treendale to Kingston. (2017 perhaps?)
From a brief look at the TTs, there aren't any huge changes to frequency etc. A few extra trips have been added around the beginning and end of service on some routes to provide better commuting opportunities. The 845 has been reduce to two-hourly on Saturdays and the 844 rightly takes over the Sunday service given the proposed reduction in the 845's coverage.

My thought's (if anybody's interested)...
Some steps in the right direction but IMO they've missed a golden opportunity for an overhaul. The route changes in Eaton are particularly pleasing: the Eaton services are now clearly designed to pick up as many people around Eaton/Millbridge as possible and then move them rapidly to Bunbury Forum or the CBD whilst the task of providing ASL (500m to a bus stop) / community service obligation service in East Bunbury is handed to the ASL/CSO-aligned 827.

Yet, particularly south of the CBD, the planners continue to be stuck in a "regional-town" frame of mind despite Bunbury being a city of almost 70,000. The network is still far to coverage-oriented resulting in the erosion of useful, direct services and the proliferation of meandering, inefficient routes that may not be far to walk to but take so long to get anywhere that they're useless to anybody who values their time - in Perth places like Westwood St/Davenport Wy/Hooper Pl/Sweeting Wy etc would be doomed to hard to service (for good reason) yet in Bunbury it seems necessary to waste government money and passengers' time sending the routes through these areas. Saturday service is poor and Sunday service is laughable, there are still no buses on three public holidays in the year, this would be unacceptable in Perth. This is despite both the Perth and Bunbury networks AFAIK being drawn up by the same people.

They really should have taken a clean map of Bunbury, labelled it "Perth" and tried drawing up an entirely new, big-city standard network from scratch.

If anybody still lurks around on the forum...thoughts?
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Re: TransRegional News - 2016

Postby Mr OC Benz » Fri Jun 10, 2016 7:53 pm

102 at 1625 wrote:My thought's (if anybody's interested)...
Some steps in the right direction but IMO they've missed a golden opportunity for an overhaul. The route changes in Eaton are particularly pleasing: the Eaton services are now clearly designed to pick up as many people around Eaton/Millbridge as possible and then move them rapidly to Bunbury Forum or the CBD whilst the task of providing ASL (500m to a bus stop) / community service obligation service in East Bunbury is handed to the ASL/CSO-aligned 827.

Yet, particularly south of the CBD, the planners continue to be stuck in a "regional-town" frame of mind despite Bunbury being a city of almost 70,000. The network is still far to coverage-oriented resulting in the erosion of useful, direct services and the proliferation of meandering, inefficient routes that may not be far to walk to but take so long to get anywhere that they're useless to anybody who values their time - in Perth places like Westwood St/Davenport Wy/Hooper Pl/Sweeting Wy etc would be doomed to hard to service (for good reason) yet in Bunbury it seems necessary to waste government money and passengers' time sending the routes through these areas. Saturday service is poor and Sunday service is laughable, there are still no buses on three public holidays in the year, this would be unacceptable in Perth. This is despite both the Perth and Bunbury networks AFAIK being drawn up by the same people.


I think this is supposed to be that "golden opportunity", with the new operator taking the opportunity to review and overhaul services as necessary to better align with demand, rightly so.

What instantly springs to my mind is that the passenger-base for these services is significantly different to Perth. While there is 70,000 people in the Greater Bunbury area, this is majority low density built form over a significant land mass and includes a significant proportion of rural area too. The different estates being located so far from each other (e.g. Eaton, Dalyellup etc) makes it very difficult to serve efficiently by public transport, especially when they are designed with car-dependency primarily in mind. As a result of this, pretty much 98% of the passenger base is comprised of concession users (e.g. students, seniors, unemployed, pretty much anyone that can't drive). This is not going to change anytime in the near future until the decisions on land use better supports public transport provision. As a result, the primary passenger base is quite likely to be vocal about these service changes and I can guarantee that they are probably going to end up being watered down further before being implemented. While we'd all agree that change is necessary for the better, it needs to be gradual to ensure it doesn't backfire or become politically contentious.

I think the service levels at present can be supported, until such a time that there is viability (in terms of population and density increase) to further enhance and improve on the structure of routes. The routes would carry fresh air on weekends as it is, so operating on public holidays can hardly be justified as it is.

I can't see the network being revolutionised for at least another decade or more. The only glimmer of hope is that if the planning outcomes of the new city Wanju to be situated to the south east of Eaton and Milbridge do become a reality, then there will be a city of 50,000 people within 1245 ha of land. Size comparable to the suburb of Eaton (with only 8,000 people). This will definitely bring about a better public transport network in the region, particularly between Wanju and Bunbury, but also benefiting surrounding areas too.
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Re: TransRegional News - 2016

Postby shinjiman » Wed Jul 20, 2016 4:00 pm

The new TransGoldfields timetable was up, effective 7/8/2016.

Just have a minor time changes, and the route 861 is having two weekday trips ot travel via Mining Hall of Fame.
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Re: TransRegional News - 2016

Postby Mr OC Benz » Mon Sep 26, 2016 9:50 pm

The Bunbury network review has been finalised with the changes to take place from 16 October 2016. Timetables and network maps available from the TransRegional website.

Most of what was proposed during consultation is going ahead. In addition, trial route 842 will be introduced to provide direct access (twice a day) between the growing Dalyellup area and the Hospital, TAFE and The Parks shopping centre.
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Re: TransRegional News - 2016

Postby Mr OC Benz » Mon Sep 26, 2016 9:51 pm

In other news, the PTA Annual Report 2015-16 indicates that the TransRegional bus fleet should be fully accessible by 2017. Only a handful of high floor buses remain in Busselton (possibly Albany too???).
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Re: TransRegional News - 2016

Postby TP1173 » Wed Nov 09, 2016 12:37 pm

For those interested, the tender for Karratha's bus services has been awarded to Go West Tours out of 5 total submissions. Services are due to start 1st of January 2017

https://www.tenders.wa.gov.au/watenders/contract/view.do?CSRFNONCE=733FD29E83F968ED59D748775197A663&tenderId=35264

Edit: Commencement date on Tender seems to be wrong, TransKarratha services start 1st of January 2017
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Re: TransRegional News - 2016

Postby Mr OC Benz » Sat Nov 19, 2016 10:32 am

TransGoldfields trial routes 865 and 866 to Coolgardie and Kambalda respectively have been extended for another 12 months. Viability of the services will now be reviewed every 12 months. Route 865 continues to serve Coolgardie on Thursdays and Route 866 continues to serve Kambalda on Saturdays.
Route 865 Service Bulletin
Route 866 Service Bulletin

As mentioned above, TransKarratha commences 1 January 2017 using Mercedes-Benz OC500LE low-entry buses. The Karratha Community Bus now has route numbers and some service changes:
Route 880 - Point Samson to Dampier
- Time changes
- The Tuesday and Thursday 12:55 trip from Point Samson shortened to now terminate at Karratha City at 14:00.
- The Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 16:50 trip from Point Samson now departs later at 17:25.
- The Thursday 21:00 trip from Karratha City now departs from Point Samson at 20:50, runs express to Karratha City arriving at 21:35 and then continuing on to Dampier arriving at 22:14.
Route 881 - Dampier to Point Samson
- Time changes
Karratha timetable
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Re: TransRegional News - 2016

Postby burrumbus » Mon Nov 21, 2016 11:20 pm

TP1173 wrote:For those interested, the tender for Karratha's bus services has been awarded to Go West Tours out of 5 total submissions. Services are due to start 1st of January 2017

https://www.tenders.wa.gov.au/watenders/contract/view.do?CSRFNONCE=733FD29E83F968ED59D748775197A663&tenderId=35264

Edit: Commencement date on Tender seems to be wrong, TransKarratha services start 1st of January 2017

Thank you for the info.That would be Go West Tours first government contract,as a diversification away from the mining contracts.
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Re: TransRegional News - 2016

Postby TP1462 » Thu Dec 01, 2016 10:58 am

New bus services to benefit Goldfields residents

Trial bus services for Kambalda and Coolgardie a success
Goldfields residents to benefit from regular service to and from Kalgoorlie


Goldfields residents will enjoy a permanent bus service between Kalgoorlie and the towns of Kambalda and Coolgardie following a successful year-long trial.



Transport Minister Bill Marmion said the two initial temporary TransGoldfields bus routes servicing Coolgardie and Kambalda would be made permanent, continuing the Liberal National Government's commitment to improving transport services in regional areas.


Fact File

Route 865 runs two return services on Thursdays between Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie, and Route 866 operates two return services on Saturdays between Kambalda West, Kambalda East and Kalgoorlie
Timetables for the services are available here and at local community and visitor centres

http://www.pta.wa.gov.au/news/media-sta ... -residents


"The trial routes were introduced in November 2015 in response to community feedback. The trial proved very successful and we are really pleased with the level of patronage these services have maintained over the past year," Mr Marmion said.



"Making the services permanent is about making people's lives easier and safer - the new bus routes will be of great benefit to the residents of Kambalda, Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie.



"The services will be subject to a yearly review to ensure the community and the taxpayer are getting the best value for money for this investment.



"Continuation of these services will depend on ongoing patronage, so I urge all Kambalda, Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie passengers to use this excellent service and ensure it remains for the long term."



The initial $50,000 six-month trial was funded in part by a $20,000 contribution from Gold Fields Pty Ltd, and was extended by the Public Transport Authority for a further six months so full-year patronage could be assessed.




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Re: TransRegional News - 2016

Postby TP1173 » Sun Dec 04, 2016 8:41 pm

TP1462 wrote:TOOO LONG


Can you please not use so many bloody spaces in between each line. :lol:
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Re: TransRegional News - 2016

Postby TP1462 » Sat Apr 29, 2017 2:14 pm

swan transit has been awarded the Albany regional contract, commencing 1/07/17

https://www.tenders.wa.gov.au/watenders ... 1%252F2017


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Re: TransRegional News

Postby Bus Suggestions » Sat Apr 29, 2017 10:52 pm

So Love's will be axed from the PTA running? Will there be any service changes/fleet changes mentioned coming along with this?
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Re: TransRegional News

Postby Mr OC Benz » Mon Oct 09, 2017 1:57 pm

Some latest TransRegional news.

Three month trial of two additional weekday trips on TransBusselton Route 815 which commenced 26 September 2017. These seem to be targeted for the commuter peak to/from Busselton (if you can call it that) and thus the trip times may be better suited to non-student travel.

Time changes on most TransBunbury routes effective 8 October 2017.
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Re: TransRegional News - 2016

Postby Guy_Arab » Mon Oct 09, 2017 7:35 pm

TP1462 wrote:New bus services to benefit Goldfields residents

Both services temp still running checked with manager Kevin on my visit this last week No added buses to fleet
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Trial bus services for Kambalda and Coolgardie a success
Goldfields residents to benefit from regular service to and from Kalgoorlie


Goldfields residents will enjoy a permanent bus service between Kalgoorlie and the towns of Kambalda and Coolgardie following a successful year-long trial.



Transport Minister Bill Marmion said the two initial temporary TransGoldfields bus routes servicing Coolgardie and Kambalda would be made permanent, continuing the Liberal National Government's commitment to improving transport services in regional areas.


Fact File

Route 865 runs two return services on Thursdays between Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie, and Route 866 operates two return services on Saturdays between Kambalda West, Kambalda East and Kalgoorlie
Timetables for the services are available here and at local community and visitor centres

http://www.pta.wa.gov.au/news/media-sta ... -residents


"The trial routes were introduced in November 2015 in response to community feedback. The trial proved very successful and we are really pleased with the level of patronage these services have maintained over the past year," Mr Marmion said.



"Making the services permanent is about making people's lives easier and safer - the new bus routes will be of great benefit to the residents of Kambalda, Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie.



"The services will be subject to a yearly review to ensure the community and the taxpayer are getting the best value for money for this investment.



"Continuation of these services will depend on ongoing patronage, so I urge all Kambalda, Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie passengers to use this excellent service and ensure it remains for the long term."



The initial $50,000 six-month trial was funded in part by a $20,000 contribution from Gold Fields Pty Ltd, and was extended by the Public Transport Authority for a further six months so full-year patronage could be assessed.




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Re: TransRegional News

Postby esperanceguy » Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:53 pm

Changes happening to TransEsperance

In short:
The ticketing system is being switched to SmartRider, with 3 months to get used to the idea.
New bus stops being installed.

At this stage, public transport in Esperance is still primarily for school students, with morning & afternoon peak services; technically, the "rest of us" can catch any of these services (as I did back in 2010, to TAFE). Local elections are coming up soon, and one of those running to become a councillor, is seeking to institute some sort of public transport as part of his platform to win... how that will work, where it will be run and how often, are not known yet. I've suggested an airport shuttle run and a summer service out to Twilight Beach :)
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