AFL fans who take a ride share car to Optus Stadium will be allowed to stop at the foot of the Matagarup Bridge in East Perth this season.
In a shake up of stadium event transport rules announced this morning, taxis and ride share vehicles such as Uber will take over the Nelson Avenue area previously used as a bus stand.
The 661 bus from the CBD will take passengers to the Perth Stadium Bus Station on the peninsula, rather than in Nelson Avenue.
Taxis will have a choice between the stadium taxi rank off Victoria Park and the new stop in East Perth while users of Uber, Ola and other on-demand ride share services are the big winners.
Previously, ride share drivers were not allowed into the Stadium precinct and had to drop passengers as far away as Cracknell Park in Rivervale or closer to Crown casino.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said public transport remained the most affordable way to get to the stadium for most people but the rise of on-demand services needed to be catered for.
She said feedback from CBD bus users was that they preferred to be dropped at the stadium rather than East Perth, which is what happened before the footbridge opened.
“From the outset, the stadium was designed with public transport in mind,” she said.
“However, this long-term planning took place years before the meteoric rise of on-demand transport services.
“There is no denying that some patrons prefer the convenience of taxis and other on-demand transport options, which is why we decided to deliver these providers a convenient solution to pick-up and drop-off passengers in East Perth.”
Transperth will operate a new bus service through Kalamunda, Forrestfield and Belmont from this season, which begins when Fremantle host Kangaroos on Sunday, March 24.