WHAT started as an idea at the Perth City Summit in 2017 has partly come to fruition, with nighttime CAT buses operating during the Fringe festival.
The free buses will run every 15 minutes, shuttling Fringegoers to the Girls School venue in East Perth.
Buses leave from Perth bus port between 7pm and 9.45pm, and return between 7.35pm and 11.20pm, except on Fridays and Saturdays when the service is extended to 12.05am.
Perth MP John Carey hosted the Summit to get feedback from residents and businesses on how to revitalise the CBD and inner-city.
“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,” he says.
“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.”
This year the Girls School venue is hosting the show A Midnight Visit, about a troubled ghost named Lizzie, which is heavily influenced by Stranger Things, David Lynch and steampunk.
If you like the nighttime CAT buses, the state government is surveying the public about when the free service should run.
A total of 500 people have weighed in so far, and consultation is open until January 31 at http://www.mysaytransport.wa.gov.au/perth-cat-buses
For info on the bus routes go to http://www.fringeworld.com.au/plan-your-fringe-journey
by DAVID BELL