Transport

WA Labor to launch new, cheaper METRONET public transport fares

Posted on January 17, 2021
  • A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will slash train and bus fares for the suburbs
  • Under the plan all fares will be capped at a 2 Zone price – $4.90 cash, $4.40 for the standard Smartrider and $3.90 for the Smartrider auto-reload
  • New policy could save passengers in the outer suburbs thousands of dollars each year
  • Smartrider ticketing systems will also receive a $24 million upgrade so passengers can choose to pay by credit card, debit card or on their smartphone

A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will reduce the cost of public transport in the suburbs, by capping fares for all metropolitan train and bus journeys at the cost of a 2 Zone ticket.

Under the plan, the maximum price a passenger will pay will be a 2 Zone ticket – for a standard trip that is $4.90 in cash, $4.40 if using the standard Smartrider and $3.90 for the Smartrider auto-reload.

If travelling on concession, this would be $2.10 in cash and $1.68 for the Smartrider auto-reload.

Regular passengers who travel into the CBD from the outer suburbs, could save thousands of dollars per year as a result of the $60.6 million investment by a re-elected McGowan Labor Government.

For example, a Dawesville resident who commutes daily to the Perth CBD (a 9 zone journey) currently pays about $5,300 annually – this will be slashed to about $1,960 – a saving of more than $3000 per year.

This fare relief will begin in January 2022 and will significantly benefit families who live in our outer suburbs but travel into the city every day making the public transport system in WA fairer and equitable.

Passengers who board trains to the city from existing stations like Joondalup, Mandurah and Cockburn, and passengers and those that will board at the future Yanchep, Byford and Ellenbrook METRONET stations will all benefit from this new policy.

It will also benefit those that may travel across more than 2 zones to access universities, hospitals and workplaces.

It’s expected the cheaper, reduced fare structure will result in an increase in patronage on our buses and trains, potentially taking 5,300 cars off our roads everyday equally up to 1.93 million less car trips each year. This will reduce congestion on our freeways and roads, helping ease congestion in the inner suburbs.

The upgraded Smartrider ticketing system will give passengers the choice of tagging on, using credit and debit cards or smartphones – making it easier for West Australians and tourists exploring our great city.

The McGowan Labor Government is currently undertaking the biggest public transport infrastructure build in Western Australia’s history, and creating thousands of local jobs in the process.

There are nine major METRONET projects already underway, providing important work for local businesses

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

“We’re building METRONET, with locally built trains, and now we’re slashing public transport fares.

“As a result of our strong budget management, we can introduce cheaper fares that delivers affordable options for passengers, no matter where they live across our suburbs.

“This will help ease financial pressure on families in the outer suburbs, making it more affordable to get to work and school, while also ensuring our public transport system is fair and equitable.

“My Government is embarking on the biggest public transport infrastructure build in the State’s history, with nine major METRONET projects under construction, linking our suburbs and easing congestion on our roads.”

Case Study #1      
Dawesville passenger travelling 9 zones to the city each work day (autoload smartrider)
Savings per day$13.12     
Savings per year$3,280.00     
       
Case Study #2      
Byford passenger travelling 4 zones to the city each work day (autoload smartrider)
Savings per day$3.20     
Savings per year$800.00     
       
Case Study #3      
Baldivis passenger travelling 5 zones to the city each work day (autoload smartrider)
Savings per day$5.76     
Savings per year$1,440.00     
       
Case Study #4      
Ballajura nurse who works at Fiona Stanley Hospital (3 zones autoload smartrider)
Savings per day$1.44     
Savings per year$360.00     

Train fare savings from station to CBD (one way fare)

StationZoneCurrent standard cash fareCash fare under proposalSavingCurrent Smartrider Autoload fareSmartrider fare under proposalSaving
Mandurah7$11.30$4.90$6.40$9.04$3.92$5.12
Yanchep6$9.60$4.90$4.70$7.68$3.92$3.76
Ellenbrook3$5.80$4.90$0.90$4.64$3.92$0.72
Armadale4$6.90$4.90$2.00$5.52$3.92$1.60
High Wycombe2$4.90$4.90$0$3.92$3.92$0
Byford4$6.90$4.90$2.00$5.52$3.92$1.60
Eglinton5$8.50$4.90$3.60$6.80$3.92$2.88

Bus fare savings (one-way fare)

Bus StationZoneCurrent standard cash fareCash fare under proposalSavingCurrent Smartrider Autoload fareSmartrider fare under proposalSaving
Henley Brook3$5.80$4.90$0.90$4.64$3.92$0.72
Kalamunda3$5.80$4.90$0.90$4.64$3.92$0.72
Kwinana4$6.90$4.90$2.00$5.52$3.92$1.60