PLEASE restore Bus Route 15 for disabled, seniors & locals, Minister Saffioti & PTA - ASAP
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We are a group of Disabled and Elderly Perth pensioners locked in a fight to save a bus route many of us have used for decades.
We are asking the Public Transport Authority (PTA) to change the route back to its original configuration because the new route restricts the mobility of disabled people and the elderly and means that some have to walk almost a KILOMETRE to get to public transport or do without! And much of it is hilly terrain.
Before this change to an 80-year-old bus route in growing, densely populated areas adjacent to Perth city, everyone in Mt Hawthorn and Glendalough was no more than 300m away from public transport.
The PTA did not consult our community properly with most people unaware of the change and the consultation; these people are angry this happened, even those who are neither elderly nor disabled. The PTA has since been defending their unreasonable actions to the hilt, wasting tax-payers money to justify and entrench the bus route 15 change, which duplicates services that already connected the train station before this unnecessary change.
The PTA's change to local route 15 is a gross misuse of taxpayers money!
It benefits a handful of people - mainly a few school kids that live in Eleni Evangel's electorate who already had many transport options, and could easily walk a little further, using existing connecting buses. The PTA could have simply relocated the former Leeder St terminus to the top of Cayley St near Glendalough train station, which would have been less costly and would have produced the greatest benefit to ALL transport patrons. We suggested this option well before the change but the PTA persisted!
We formed the Seniors ANd Disabled Bus Action Group over a year ago in response.
Our survey showed that only 11% supported the change and over 55% opposed it. We presented a 180 signature petition to parliament, but the government doesn't seem to care. We managed to get Transperth (PTA) to put in a "temporary fix", extremely limited bus route 14, which was a help, but they took it away in August 2016, as it was designed to fail (as most other bus trials in the past have failed ).
We require YOUR Help to get the message across to politicians.
One of our group, Eugenia Krysiak, a disabled 89-year-old lady who is one of a number of us that now have to use taxis to get around, has already taken on the PTA with a human rights complaint. We also tried to get an injunction to stop the PTA taking route 14 from us. Sadly, we failed and have been hit with massive legal costs from government lawyers who don't care and have deep taxpayer funded pockets (they get paid regardless).
Gold medal-winning Paralympian, Sandra Yaxley (with Eugenia Krysiak, both part of SANDBAG), is featured in a Channel 9 story about the issue.http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/sandra-yaxley-a-paralympic-trailblazer/story-fnhocxo3-1226665147027
This is also affecting many other mobility disabled and senior people (some of whom no longer get out), and many other route 15 users, and has cut one part of the local community off from the other. But the government doesn't seem to care (so far - election coming, though)
PLEASE HELP OUR COMMUNITY TO GET OUR BUS BACK!!
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Our GoFundMe page (for legal costs in this fight - every $1 counts) is:
Our email address is: (please feel free to email us that you have signed or to make any comments or suggestions.Thanks.)
PHONE: 0400-252-394 Tad
PLEASE sign this our petition ... and HELP in any way you are able ...
THANK YOU for your HELP. TOGETHER, with your Help ...we CAN do it !! :-)
Also, you may separately call/write about your specific concerns to:
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti on 6552 5500
Premier Hon. Mark McGowan MLA on 6552 5000
Federal Transport Minister Darren Chester on (02) 6277 7680 Darren.Chester.MP@aph.gov.au
Managing Director PTA Mr Mark Burgess on 9326-2000
Once again, thank you most kindly for your support!
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