A Tuesday and Saturday public bus service providing a single return trip to Eaton for Dardanup and Burekup residents will start Tuesday, April 3 for a three-month trial to gauge demand.
The Shire of Dardanup has allocated $13,000 towards the trial to cover items such as the cost of running the bus when passenger numbers are low.
Shire Councillors and staff will be at the bus stops in Dardanup and Burekup inviting passengers to “ride with us” and help celebrate the bus’s first trips on Tuesday, April 3 and Saturday, April 7.
They’ll also have coffee and cake vouchers passengers can redeem at the Café Merchant when they arrive in Eaton.
Meet at 9.00am, bus departs from both Dardanup and Burekup stops at 9.15am.
Residents are encouraged to begin using the bus during the trial which will indicate to the Public Transport Authority there is community support for a permanent service.
Passengers will still be required to pay standard fares set by the Public Transport Authority.
According to the PTA website, the trips to Eaton from both towns require travel through two zones with the following fares:
- K2 two zones: $4.70
- Concession fares: $1.90
- Student smartrider: 70c
- Pension Smartrider Card/WA Seniors Card: Free
- 10 and 20% discounts are available with Smartrider cards depending the level of credit added.
- A Seniors Smartrider Card is available to recipients of a carer, aged person or disability support pension. With your Seniors SmartRider you will be able to travel for free on any service at the following times:
- From first service until 6am
- From 9am until 3.30pm
- From 7pm until last service
- All day Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.
- Concession fares at other times
For free off-peak travel on Monday to Friday, start your journey by tagging on before 6am, after 9.00 am or before 3.30 pm and after 7.00pm.
Trips scheduled on the Dardanup and Burekup (routes 846 & 847) all qualify for the free fare.
If passenger numbers indicate demand for the service during the trial, the Shire of Dardanup would then lobby Public Transport Authority to fund a permanent service.
Community interest for a rural bus service into Eaton was listed among feedback received during last year’s six-week community consultation process undertaken by the Shire.
The project is however, not included in Council’s Corporate Business Plan.
CEO Mark Chester said funding the trial period was considered by council as a worthwhile undertaking and possibly the best way of gauging the true level of community support for the service.
“We want to make all areas of the Shire accessible and inclusive to all as well desirable places to live,” Mr Chester said.
“Regular public transport for people living in our more rural areas would go a long way towards achieving these objectives.”