Keep the late night train services on weekends.
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Transperth have announced that they will remove the late night train services at 1am or 1.15am, and 2.15am on Friday and Saturday nights (technically Saturday and Sunday morning) due to what they deem low patronage and a belief in being able to save $6 million over 4 years. This will take place by the first weekend after Easter in April.
By removing the late night trains, it removes any form of public transport available for the residents of Perth to use to get home.
Not only does this disadvantage those who do not own a car, but it will require many more people to make use of expensive taxi services. It also could potentially lead to an increase in drink driving which would be detrimental for all.
The late night services currently provide a cheap (and free at 2.15am) efficient, environmentally friendly transport option for the city's residents. The removal of these train services would severely impact on those residents who live further along the rail lines as the cost of their trip home goes from around $10 for a full trip along the Mandurah line, to around $150 for a taxi.
The removal of these services will also result in reduction in hours for transit workers resulting in less pay.
Transperth believes these services are insufficiently used, around 80 passengers per service per line, but photographic and anecdotal evidence would suggest significantly more passengers are using the services. Transperth is using a figure of 80 passengers which they calculate as costing the tax payer $17 per passenger when normal daytime trains are only subsidised by around $2-$4. Their aim is to save $6 million dollars over 4 years ($1.5 million a year). Public transport is supposed to be a government provided service for all persons who require it, and not a profit making exercise.
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