CATCHING a bus could soon be easier for many Burns Beach residents.
The Public Transport Authority (PTA) is proposing to change bus route 471, with services to terminate in Burns Beach instead of Kinross.
These changes will improve services north of Burns Beach Road.
PTA spokesman David Hynes said the proposed changes were in response to a request from the Burns Beach Residents Association (BBRA), the City of Joondalup and the local MP.
BBRA chairman Adrian Hill said the association had asked the City of Joondalup when Burns Beach would get a bus route.
He said having a bus route through the suburb would give residents the same opportunity others had to access the public transport system rather than having to rely on cars.
Mr Hynes said route 471 was first introduced with a long-term view to provide services to Burns Beach residents north of Burns Beach Road “once sufficient development had taken place and the road network was completed”.
“Now that residential density is sufficient, we plan to move route 471 into this area,” he said.
“This will put a much greater proportion of the local community within the walkable catchment for public transport. Kinross residents who catch route 471 still have access to a bus service (route 473) or the revised route 471 on Marmion Avenue.
“Services through this area will operate on a similar schedule in peak times but in the off peak, some Kinross residents who had access to either service (route 471 or 473) will have a reduction in the level of service offered as Kinross will be primarily served by routes 473 and 474.
“While this reduction is not ideal for Kinross residents, bus routes 473, 474 and 471 are some of the most poorly patronised services in the northern suburbs and this change will provide greater levels of access to the broader community.”
PTA representatives will be at Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City from 2pm to 7pm today and 9am to 1pm on Saturday to discuss the proposed changes, which could take effect in the second half of the year.You can also provide feedback by emailing email@example.com before 5pm on June 24.