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LATE NIGHT WEEKEND TRAINS GETTING DITCHED

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Planning a large one in the city? Hope you’ve tucked your taxi fare into your sock, because the late night weekend train service is going away.

According to the ABC, the service will cease after the Easter long weekend. Transperth spokesman David Hynes cited a lack of patronage as the key reason, saying, “We’re talking about an average of around 80 passengers per train, and some are only carrying 20 to 30 passengers. Public transport in WA is already heavily subsidised by the State Government to the effect of about 70 per cent. Though journeys on these late trains are free, each passenger costs the taxpayer more than $17, significantly higher than the average train passenger subsidy.”

Cutting the late night service is predicted to save somewhere in the region of six million dollars over the next four years.

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