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The PTA on Show

The PTA has a stand at this year’s Royal Show and is hoping to repeat the success of last year’s award-winning exhibit.

This year’s stand illustrates all aspects of Perth’s modern public transport system, including a look at what’s to come through New MetroRail.

It features video animations of the train in service on the Southern Suburbs Railway; a simulation of what it’s like to sit in a train driver’s seat, using driver’s cam footage along the Northern Suburbs Railway; and an interactive simulation of the tunnel boring machine that will be tunneling under the CBD from early next year.

The display includes photographs and information on the new stations at Clarkson (operational from October 4) and Greenwood which is due to open in December.

There is information about the Transperth’s new environmentally-friendly gas buses and the hydrogen fuel cell bus, which recently went into service in Perth as part of the international trial program.

People who haven’t already been on the new Prospector to Kalgoorlie can learn all about Australia’s fastest train, as well as the new AvonLink train to the Avon Valley and Merredin.

There is general information about PTA initiatives such as security and safety improvements, the Building Better Stations program which is upgrading  existing stations and incorporating them into the community, and SmartRider, the modern ticketing system to be introduced next year.

The exhibit includes an historical display of public transport throughout the years to commemorate the State’s 175th anniversary. The montage of photographs shows the development of rail, buses, trams and ferries.

The family-friendly stand has a designated area for kids – Kids’ Zone – where fun activity sheets are available for colouring in. The Kids’ Zone is also inviting imaginative children aged between 5 and 12 years to become PTA Junior Designers for the day. They will have the opportunity to make a play-dough model of the ‘next big thing’ for the Public Transport Authority’s fleet.  Sessions will be held at 11am, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.

The PTA exhibit is at Stands 8 and 12A in Amherst Avenue.

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