TRANSPERTH has axed the NightRider bus service that was launched in 2006 to cart drunken yobs out of Fremantle.
WA transport minister Troy Buswell says the service is too expensive to run for its recent average of 10 passengers.
But Fremantle councillor Sam Wainwright is furious.
“Plenty of bus services run with less than 10 passengers,” he says.
“To run a public transport system as a successfully integrated network the services on the more lucrative routes at busy times have to cross-subsidise the other services.
“We need better public transport late at night for a number of reasons: Public safety in the CBD, reducing road accident trauma, helping local businesses, sustainability and for reasons of social justice and accessibility for those that can’t drive.”
Cr Wainwright also got stuck into Transperth for cutting the service without discussing it with the Fremantle Liquor Accord group or the wider community.
“I believe the mayor wrote to the PTA expressing his disappointment but was met with a shut door.”
Nightrider was established by former Labor transport minister Alannah MacTiernan after clubbers complained they were having to wait several hours to catch a taxi in Fremantle—if they could get one at all.
by ROWENA HAMILTON