The Public Transport Authority (PTA) is responsible for the following transport services:
- Rail, bus and ferry services in the metropolitan area (Transperth);
- Public transport services in regional centres;
- Coach and rail passenger services to regional areas (Transwa); and
- School bus services;
- Designing, building and maintaining transport infrastructure.
The PTA was established in July 2003, bringing together Transperth, School Bus Services and local regional bus services (all previously operating under the Department of Planning and Infrastructure) and WA Government Railways (a separate entity).
The PTA was created to clarify the function of the Department of Planning and Infrastructure as a land-and-transport planning authority, while consolidating the responsibility for delivery of public transport with the PTA.
The PTA’s vision is to increase the use of public transport through the provision of customer-focussed, safe and cost-effective passenger transport services.
Major entities within the PTA
The PTA operates four major service systems in Western Australia:
The Transperth integrated public transport network is centrally-controlled, planned, marketed and coordinated by the Transperth division of the PTA. Transperth has a range of contracted service providers including Transperth Train Operations (a separate PTA division), three contracted bus companies, one contracted ferry operator and a series of ancillary contracts such as cleaning and maintenance.
The Transwa division of the PTA operates four regional rail services (Australind, Prospector, MerredinLink and AvonLink) and a fleet of coaches to regional WA. Transwa services 275 locations in WA.
Regional Town (Bus) Services
The small Regional Town (Bus) Services team manages contracted intra-town bus services operating in regional centres around the State.
School Bus Services
The School Bus Services (SBS) branch plans school services in WA and contract-manages their delivery by contracted school bus operators. SBS manages more than 800 orange school bus contracts around Western Australia.
Network and Infrastructure
The Network and Infrastructure division of the PTA is responsible for managing and maintaining WA’s metropolitan railway infrastructure, and for protecting the long-term viability of the State’s freight rail corridor and infrastructure.
The division’s works include:
- Signal and crossing maintenance;
- Resleepering and ballasting tracks;
- Upgrading and improving accessibility of station facilities;
- Planning and constructing expansion of the rail network; and
- Property management.