Improving the accessibility of transport infrastructure not only benefits people with disabilities but also parents with prams, people carrying luggage, people with injuries and seniors.
The PTA endeavours to provide public transport services which are accessible for every member of the community. A copy of the PTA’s Accessibility Policy can be found below.
The actions described in the Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2012-2017 (DAIP) demonstrates our commitment to providing a high level of independence for all passengers.
Highlights of the DAIP 2012-2017 plan includes the continued roll-out of its station upgrade program, the purchase of low floor accessible buses and the expansion of the Transperth rail network.
These projects along with education and promotional programs will provide for a truly integrated and accessible public transport system in Western Australia.
Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2012 - 2017
The PTA, together with key stakeholders and an extensive review of the previous 2007-2012 DAIP has developed an achievable plan for the next 5 years.
A copy of the plan is available to download below.
Improvements for metropolitan passengers
Transperth’s bus and train stations have been progressively upgraded to improve accessibility. Works have included installation of tactile ground surface indicators, access ramps, handrails, high visibility colour contrast painting, lighting, pedestrian pathways, facilities and signage.
Improvements for regional passengers
Each of Transwa's 21 coaches have six seats that can be removed to accommodate two wheelchairs. The coaches also have a wheelchair lift, and wheelchairs can be safely fixed to the floor so that the passenger need not shift into a seat.
There’s also an audio loop (a localised transmission that can be picked up by hearing aids) and a ‘kneeling’ function that lowers the body of the coach by about 120 mm to aid disabled access.
Features to help the visually impaired include raised numbering on the seats, yellow handrails and high-contrasting strips on the steps.
The Prospector and AvonLink trains have wheelchair access (via powered ramps), specially-designed toilets, special areas for wheelchairs, audio loops in the passenger compartments, and Braille and tactile signage throughout the railcars.
Accessible stations are located on the Kalgoorlie and Bunbury lines as strategic locations and provide a level entry point between the platform and railcar for passengers.