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GET TO GRIPS WITH PUBLIC TRANSPORT

6 Mar 2015

Transperth can’t help parents get their kids out of bed, or get them to pay attention in class, but we can make it easier to plan their trip to and from school thanks to the new Get on Board website.

A whopping 50,000 primary and high school students catch public transport every single weekday, and we've helped thousands of them learn how to safely use buses, trains and ferries through the Get on Board program.

Our new website is taking the program to the next level by enabling more people to access it in a fun and interactive way.

Get on Board is particularly helpful for Year 6 and 7 students, who may have just, or are about to make the move from primary school to secondary school. This is around the time many students start using public transport unsupervised.

While this process can be daunting for both parents and children, Transperth education coordinator Louise Madden said knowing how to use public transport was an important skill.

“Together we can help get your students get out and about independently, whilst also understanding the importance of public transport for a sustainable community,” she said.

Through lesson plans linked to the Australian Curriculum, students are given opportunities to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes to make informed and safe decisions.

“Getting out on the network is important too, so we’ve got plenty of information to help you plan a real life journey on Transperth.

“It’s never too early for students to develop a greater sense of their world and their place within it.”

Jump on board www.getonboard.transperth.wa.gov.au for curriculum linked lessons, SmartRider ticketing and group booking information, excursion planning, fact files, games and competitions.

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