The Australian Greens have called for a comprehensive reform of Perth's transport infrastructure to help solve security and congestion problems.
WA Senator Scott Ludlam and member for WA's East Metropolitan region Alison Xamon said the State Government's planned $2million taxi rank renovation would not solve the city's late-night transport problems on its own, and backed the recent call from WA Nightclubs' Association president Simon Barwood for more frequent night trains.
"We welcome the improvements to the taxi rank in Northbridge, but the fact remains we need comprehensive reform to properly address long taxi queues, drink driving and other problems," said Senator Ludlam. "Rail, as an affordable and environmentally sound alternative to taxis, is part of the solution."
Greens MLC Alison Xamon said more frequent late-night trains would have to be accompanied by a number of factors to ensure the system worked for the benefit of all.
"We would need to see adequate security on the trains and at the major stations to make sure passengers and people living near train stations feel safe," she said.
Senator Ludlam has been a strong advocate of a light rail system for Perth for several years.
"Ideally a light rail (tram) system would be operating at night to help people travel from their local train stations to their homes. While we work towards that long-term solution, it would be great to see cooperation between the Public Transport Authority and taxi cooperatives to make sure people can get taxis home from the major suburban train stations," he said.
"By spreading the load we would see less pressure being placed on the taxi system, shorter queues at existing central taxi ranks, provide a more affordable night transport alternative and better environmental outcomes as well."