Number of train users on the rise

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THE number of patrons on Perth’s public transport has risen for the first time since 2015, with more than 140 million trips recorded in the recent financial year.

Public Transport Authority has released their patronage data of 2018-19, which shows 141,454,423 trips recorded in 2018 – 19 financial year across all Transperth public transportation system, including bus, ferry and train.

Patronage for train and bus trips increased from the previous financial year but the number of ferry trips has decreased.

The data revealed there were about 79.2 million trips recorded for Transperth buses and about 61.5 million trips across all Perth train lines with the Mandurah line having the most recorded trips at 20.9 million.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti on the Pedestrian Bridge in Burswood. Picture: Matt Jelonek

“A number of factors led to last year’s increase in passengers, including a patronage ad campaign from January, improving economic conditions and positive take up of services to Optus Stadium,” Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said.

Numbers have been decreasing each year since the 2014 – 15 financial year, which had a total of 148,761,802 recorded trips overall.

The highest number of users using the Transperth system was in 2012 – 13, with 149,697,303 of trips recorded.

The release of the data today coincided with the 40th anniversary of the closure of the Fremantle line train services by the State government, which was re-opened in July 1983.

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