PERTH ARTS FESTIVAL GETS FREE LATE-NIGHT BUS SERVICE


THE WESTERN AUSTRALIAN State Government will run special late red Fringe World Festival CAT buses from January 22 to March 3, 2019, operating every 15 minutes between event locations from about 7.00pm to midnight, it states.

PERTH ARTS FESTIVAL GETS FREE LATE-NIGHT BUS SERVICE
Special late-running red Fringe World Festival CAT buses will be in service from January 22 to March 3, 2019.

It will provide transport to the Girls School venue for the A Midnight Visit show, and other Fringe World Festival hubs. The special event service is part of a wider public consultation on CAT services in Perth, it reports.

"Getting around during Fringe World Festival will be even easier with the special late-night Fringe CAT services," said Transport Minister Rita Saffioti.

"Fringe World Festival brings such vibrancy to the city, so providing easy, frequent and late-night access to public transport through the Fringe CAT is a great initiative.

"The major Fringe event hubs in Yagan Square, Perth Cultural Centre, Ice Cream Factory and The Woodside Pleasure Garden are all easily accessible by Transperth services, and I'd encourage all attendees to consider making public transport part of their event plan."

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Perth MLA John Carey said, "One of the most popular ideas to come out of the Perth City Summit and other community meetings has been to extend the CAT bus service into the evenings."

"This is all about supporting more vibrancy, activity and nightlife in the Perth CBD - and this partnership with Fringe is a fantastic example of that. 

"We know the CAT bus services are a much-loved part of Perth's transport system, and I'm looking forward to finding out what passengers think we can do to make them even better through our review of the CAT bus system."

Fringe Festival director Amber Hasler added, "Part of the magic of Fringe Festival is opening up unique parts of the city for people to explore and enjoy."

"Special services like the Fringe CAT - along with regular public transport services - are a great way to get to both the major Fringe hubs, and the venues like Girls School, which are on the fringes of the festival."

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FAST FREQUENCY

The special event late-night Fringe CATs helping passengers get to and from Fringe World entertainment hubs will run a special route on a 15-minute frequency between Perth Busport and the various festival venues, including at Girls School.

Services will operate from around 7.00pm to 9.45pm during the week, with extended Fringe CATs running to about midnight on Friday and Saturday nights.

Passengers who use the Fringe CAT will be urged to provide their feedback on the extended service as part of a wider ongoing consultation into the Central Area Transit (CAT) bus services.

The consultation will help guide the future of the highly popular free CAT services, including any potential future time or route extensions, the government states.

So far more than 500 people have provided feedback on the CAT services via the My Say Transport website, with eight in 10 passengers saying they were satisfied or very satisfied with the existing services.

The survey is open until January 31.

For more information on Transperth services, or to plan your journey, visit the Transperth website, or call the Transperth InfoLine on 13 62 13.

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ABOUT FRINGE WORLD

Fringe World is a summer celebration held in Perth and Western Australia and is the largest annual event in WA and the third largest Fringe in the world, it states. The 2019 Fringe World Festival will run for 31 days from 18 January to 17 February.

According to organisers, the program of events is, "… all about variety and offering something for absolutely everyone."

The line-up includes comedy, circus, free and family entertainment, theatre, visual arts, musicals, dance and cabaret presented by Western Australian artists along with performers from all over the world.

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