Transperth figures drop

Public transport usage in Perth has hit a low not seen for half a decade

The newest Public Transport Authority (PTA) figures showing public transport patronage for each financial year indicates a massive drop across the board.

In the 2014-15 financial year, almost 148,800,000 trips were made across bus, rail and ferry networks.

In 2015-16, less than 145,600,000 trips were recorded, a decrease of almost 3.2 million journeys.

Bus journeys, which previously had the steadiest increase in volume, took a huge hit with almost 1.8 million less than the previous year.

The new Perth Busport is an undetermined factor in possibly restoring patronage previously lost by buses in Perth.

The numbers, which had been rising steadily by a few million per year since the early 2000s, are only defied by ferry patronage, which was up from 33,600 to 94,000.

Despite the decrease in public transport usage, those still using buses, trains, and ferries are generally happy with the services.

According to the PTA’s 2014-15 annual report, 88.4 per cent of customers stated their satisfaction with the services.

Ferries received the highest praise at 100 per cent satisfaction, followed by trains at 92 and buses at 86.

Much like transport patronage these figures increased year by year, but it is yet to be seen whether reported customer satisfaction with Perth’s public transport system will remain so high.

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