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|Founded||23 September 1996|
|Service type||Free city bus|
The Perth Central Area Transit System (Perth CAT), or simply CAT, is four bus routes in the centre of Perth, two bus routes in Fremantle, and three bus routes in Joondalup. Also included is the Rockingham City Centre Transit System and the Midland Gate Shuttle. Unlike all other Transperth services, most CAT routes are zero-fare.
On 23 September 1996, MetroBus commenced operating two CAT routes: the Red CAT and the Blue CAT, replacing the City Clipper services that had operated since September 1973. The Yellow CAT was commenced in 2002 and the Green CAT route began on 30 June 2013. These CAT services are operated by Transdev WA.
The Blue CAT runs between Perth and Northbridge areas, including Barrack Street Jetty and Elizabeth Quay Bus Station. Blue CAT runs as bus route number 1. Blue CAT has 14 (stop 3 currently not in use) stops including:
There is also a shorter version of the Red CAT route, run in peak times, that runs from Perth station (Forrest Place stop) to West Perth. This route is numbered 4 and was introduced due to high demand for the Red CAT from Perth station into West Perth. Another is the West Perth Loop for the Red CAT route, serving stops 11 to 23 only.
The Yellow CAT runs between East Perth, Perth and West Perth areas along Wellington Street, including Roe Street bus station, Perth railway station and Claisebrook railway station. It was introduced on 15 December 2002. Yellow CAT runs as bus route number 3. Yellow CAT has 36 stops including:
The Green CAT commenced running between Leederville station and Elizabeth Quay Bus Station via City West station, through West Perth on 1 July 2013. It is designed to ease congestion on the existing Red CAT service and in the CBD train stations. Green CAT runs as bus route number 5. Green CAT does not run on weekends or public holidays. Green CAT has 20 stops including:
On 26 August 2000, a CAT service commenced in Fremantle. Today there are two Fremantle CAT routes: the Fremantle Red CAT and Fremantle Blue CAT. They go to tourist destinations in Fremantle. These CAT service are operated by Transdev WA. Fremantle CAT is served by two routes, and has 30 stops in total including:
|Red CAT - Route 6||Blue CAT - Route 7|
The Joondalup CAT started operation on 9 January 2006, and was operated by Path Transit, but has been operated by Transdev WA since 1 May 2011. It runs as bus routes 10 (anti-clockwise) and 11 (clockwise) around the Joondalup CBD, operating Monday to Friday; and bus route 13 running a clockwise, after hours clockwise circle around Edith Cowan University's Joondalup Campus, operating Monday to Thursday on ECU university days only. The stops are as follows:
|Red CAT - Route 10||Blue CAT - Route 11|
|Yellow CAT - Route 13|
The Rockingham City Centre Shuttle started operation on 23 December 2007, and is operated by Transdev WA. It is the only CAT service that charges a fare. It runs as bus route 555. It travels around Rockingham City, and stops at:
|To Rockingham beach||To Rockingham station|
The Midland Gate Shuttle started operation on 5 July 2009, and is operated by Swan Transit. It runs as route 300 and does not operate on Sundays and Public holidays. It travels in an anti-clockwise circle from Midland station around Midland Gate Shopping Centre and then back to Midland station, and stops at:
1 - interchange with Blue CAT
2 - interchange with Red CAT
3 - interchange with Yellow CAT
5 - interchange with Green CAT
T - interchange with train
B - interchange with bus
CR - interchange with CircleRoute
F - interchange with ferry
The CAT services commenced in 1996 with 16 diesel-hydraulic engine powered, Scania-Danish Automobile Building Silkeborg MidCity Series II 0860S low-floor, wheelchair accessible city buses.. In 2001, due to high demand, five Volgren CR226L bodied Mercedes-Benz O 405 NHs were implemented in the CAT fleet along with the Scania-Danish Automobile Building Silkeborg MidCity Series II 0860S. However, the Silkeborg MidCity Series II 0860S and the Mercedes-Benz O405NHs were replaced in August 2005 and July 2006 respectively by 25 Volgren CR228L bodied Mercedes-Benz OC500LEs that are fuelled by compressed natural gas and 16 Volgren CR228L bodied Volvo B7RLEs. In addition to the designated fleet, other Transperth liveried buses can sometimes be used. On January 2013, the Perth CAT introduced the Volvo B5RLEH as a demonstrator model. In 2016, a new fleet of 32 Volgren bodied Volvo B8RLEs replaced the Mercedes-Benz OC500LEs.
The Fremantle CAT fleet consists of three Mercedes-Benz OC500LEs introduced in September 2017, replacing the Mercedes-Benz O405NHs that had been used since 2000, the Joondalup CAT fleet consists of two Mercedes-Benz O405NHs and the Rockingham CAT fleet consists of three Mercedes-Benz OC500LEs.