CAT BUSES should run at night to make the city more lively, says Perth Labor MP John Carey.
Speaking in parliament, he called for a “Black CAT” service that would encourage more people to visit small bars, restaurants and cafes in the city after dark.
“At the moment, CAT services in part stop at 6pm and people would like the services to be extended,” he said.
“If someone is in East Perth and they want to go into the city or vice versa, they could use the black CAT service to go to a restaurant and use it to get back.”
Last year he held a Perth City Summit, asking business owners and residents what could be done to improve the city.
“One of the most popular recommendations… was the desire for a night-time or black CAT service,” Mr Carey recalls.
WA transport minister Rita Saffioti responded in parliament saying the black CAT was “not only a very good name, but also a very good idea.
“That, of course, will help to continually activate and let people move safely around the city at night-time.”
Mr Carey called for a review of the whole CAT service; suggesting a rejig of the Blue CAT circuit which takes people North/South from the Barrack Street Jetty to Northbridge.
“Now we have Yagan Square and the pedestrian connection, does it make sense to have a Blue CAT service connecting them anymore?
“Could we use the funds from that service to extend it, create a new service or create a black CAT service?”
by DAVID BELL