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Monday, October 21, 2019

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/ Categories: PTA News, Transperth

Transperth passengers give two hoots

Transperth has launched a new campaign to encourage bus train and ferry passengers to do their bit towards a more comfortable public transport journey.

The campaign features a series of well-known nursery rhymes – with a twist – to remind passengers of the importance of being considerate of their fellow travellers.

The campaign also includes an interactive audio feature on the Transperth website. (http://www.transperth.wa.gov.au/UsingTransperth/NurseryRhymes/tabid/463/Default.aspx)

Public Transport Authority managing director Mark Burgess said the campaign was developed around the most common complaints received on Transperth’s CommentLine.

“We are putting this up as a friendly reminder for patrons to be mindful of the other passengers with whom they are sharing a journey,” Mr Burgess said.

“For example, we have recently seen a dramatic jump in the number of personal electronic devices such as iPods and mobile phones carried by passengers.

“While they make the journey more enjoyable for the user, they can have an adverse impact on other passengers around them if not used correctly.”

Ten rhymes have been composed to address issues such as offering a seat to someone who needs it more, letting passengers off the train before boarding, moving down the train rather than crowding at the doors, and removing bags from the aisles.

The rhymes have been illustrated and collated into a booklet which has been distributed to metropolitan schools and is available from Transperth InfoCentres and website.  A series of posters is also being displayed on Transperth buses and trains.

Mr Burgess said that while it was important to remind some passengers about these issues, the majority of passengers were already doing the right thing by others.

“Every day people go out of their way to make the journey more pleasant for others,” he said.

“We’re looking to recognise those people as part of this campaign.

“Our transit officers and customer service staff will be issuing I give two hoots cards to passengers that they see doing the right thing.

“Recipients can visit the Transperth website to register their details to receive a small token of our appreciation and go into the draw for one of the major prizes.”

The competition runs until Sunday July 4.

For more information, visit the Transperth website www.transperth.wa.gov.au .

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